The LOST PAINTINGS of Effie Anderson Smith



GWU Exhibition by E.A. Smith - 1931


As a prolific Southwest Impressionist, Effie Anderson Smith

created dozens of paintings each year during her most productive artistic years,

which ranged from about 1915 through her 80th birthday in 1949.

The majority of these paintings are now in private collections, museums, libraries, 

and other institutions.  Tracking down these paintings has proven quite challenging.

The best extant details we have from her many solo shows survives in a

printed exhibition program from 1931 - the year she toured the Eastern U. S. cities,

including Washington, D.C..  One exhibition took place at Corcoran Hall,

George Washington University, opening May 20th, 1931.

(Summarized below)


Special Exhibition of Paintings of the Southwest

By Mrs. A. Y. Smith

Name of Pictures

1. "The Old Yucca" 
found !

2. "Grass Grown Plains" found !

3. "Cochise's Stronghold" (Morning Lights)

4. "Sunset Peace"

5. "Arizona Afterglow"

6. "Morning Lights"

7. "Autumn" 
found !

8. "An Arizona Mirage"

9. "Mesa Land"

10. "Drifting Clouds"

11. "Yuccas in Bloom"

12. "Desert View from the Mountain Tops"

13. "Tenaha" (the Open Jug), New Mexico

14. "Sunlit Hills" 
found !

15. "The Unnamed Temple" (Grand Canyon) 
found !

16. "View from the Head of Bright Angel Trail" (Grand Canyon)
 found !

17. "Looking East from Yavapai Point" (Grand Canyon) found !

18. "Arizona after the Rain"

19. "Sunset on the Mountain Tops"

20. "Arizona Landscape" 
found !

These pictures will be on exhibition in this hall for one week.


After E.A. Smith returned from her travels East, most of the paintings from this tour were either sold to collectors or gifted to friends and institutions.


We would be very grateful if you can provide details on these or any other works 

by Effie Anderson Smith so we may continue our research and add these 

to our forthcoming Catalogue raisonné.

If you have details you would like to share...

About this website...

Welcome to the E. A. Smith Archive.  This website features memorabilia from a collection of the artists' papers which remain in family hands. Newly digitized images of her paintings, photographs, documents and other emphemera are posted as they become available.

We are gathering details on paintings by Effie Anderson Smith to be included in our forthcoming catalogue raisonné , so we're always interested to hear about any E. A. Smith (Mrs. A. Y.) paintings, photos, letters or other related items you own or have seen. Your comments and questions are invited.

150th birthday exhibits

The FIRST EXHIBITS EVER IN ARKANSAS of the pioneering desert impressionist landscapes of Arkansas-born EFFIE ANDERSON SMITH will occur during 2021 to honor Mrs. Smith's 150th birthday anniversary.  

Exhibits originally scheduled for 2020 in Nashville, Washington and Arkadelphia are being RESCHEDULED for FALL 2021, due to pandemic conditions.  We hope to announce new exhibit dates for the FALL sometime this summer.

The special selection of paintings traveling to Arkansas for this 150th birthday exhibit tour are drawn from the EA Smith Archive collection, including several loaned by Arizonans whose pioneer ancestors knew the artist, or from collectors who bought Effie's art because they recognize her historically important legacy as The Dean of Arizona Women Artists. 

IMAGES from Past Exhibits: Our 2019 Arizona exhibits and talks in Tucson, Willcox, Douglas and Pearce were each great successes, including the 150th birthday Retrospective Exhibit "Effie !" at the Tucson Desert Art Museum.

Effie's Early Life in Arkansas

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARKANSAS History and Culture  now includes an updated biographical sketch on Effie, including recently uncovered facts about her youth, in and around the towns of Nashville, Washington and Hope, in Southwest Arkansas.

Reviving Effie's legacy

ANN JAPENGA continues her wonderful series CALIFORNIA DESERT ART with a very encouraging article about Effie's art, and our efforts to restore greater understanding and appreciation of Effie's artistic legacy.


Could America Have Also Been the Birthplace of Impressionism?   The story of Effie Anderson Smith, forgotten impressionist from the American frontier. - by Kelsey McKinney on MEDIUM.com


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Effie's Life, in Brief...

 1869: Born near Nashville, Arkansas.

 1884: At 15 Effie is painting landscapes.

 1890: Weds W.M. Spencer in Hope, Ark.

 1891: Effie becomes a widow at age 21.

 1894-95: Teaches school in Deming, NM.

 1895-96: Weds A.Y. Smith, settles in Pearce.

 1904-28: Travels to CA for art studies.

 1907: Art becomes solace after death of baby girl.

 1914-16: Studies in Pasadena & Laguna Beach.

 1927-30: Notoriety of Grand Canyon works.

 1929: Fire at Smith home, some works lost.

 1931: Exhibits in major Eastern Cities.

 1931: Beloved husband A.Y. Smith dies.

 1932-45: Effie's most prolific years as artist. 

 1942: Effie unveils new series on Desert Flora.

 1945: Starts art discussion class in Douglas.

 1948: Effie begins painting Coronado Trail series.

 1949: 80th birthday retrospective in Douglas

 1951: Moves to AZ Pioneers' Home in Prescott.

 1953: Effie ceases painting due to vision issues. 

 1955: Death claims Effie - Age 85.

Exhibition Catalogue

An Exhibition Catalogue is now available from our 2012 Arizona Statehood Centennial exhibit in E-Book (PDF) format. We are happy to provide a copy to interested collectors, art historians, dealers and appraisers.

Direct inquiries to: E.A. Smith Archive

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