Beaux-Arts Tradition

CLASSICAL TRADITION “For me a work of art must be an elevated interpretation of nature. The search for the ideal has been the purpose of my life.” – William Adolphe Bouguereau – Not my favorite painter from the Beaux-Arts tradition, but as I have said many times, he and his contemporaries vision of classcism was […]

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Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts (Repin Academy)

There are many schools out there the claim they are teaching in the classical tradition who are not teaching anything remotely close, and have little or no direct linage to those traditions.The Gold Standard in traditional training in Architecture, Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, with a 250 year linage, is the Repin Academy in Saint Petersburg, […]

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Prix de Rome

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These are not exactly house hold names and most of them have long since faded away. That’s what happens when you let the state dictate taste. There are a few good painters in the bunch who did decent works apart from official salons and there are those who are enamored with craft and mimesis that champion the history painters of the […]

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The Figurative Arts Defined

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What is Figurative Art – Here is the Term Definition from the Tate The term has been particularly used since the arrival of abstract art to refer to artists that retain aspects of the real world as their subject matter, though in a general sense figurative also applies retrospectively to all art before abstract art. Modern figurative […]

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Renaissance Overview

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Renaissance The Renaissance was a fervent period of European cultural, artistic, political and economic “rebirth” following the Middle Ages. Generally described as taking place from the 14th century to the 17th century, the Renaissance promoted the rediscovery of classical philosophy, literature and art. Some of the greatest thinkers, authors, statesmen, scientists and artists in human […]

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Keeping It Real

Realism as an art movement had nothing to do with the point-and-shoot realism that is being put forth from the late 20th century Realist Movement.  The realism of revolutionary France was more about the people that the art. The major painters of Realism in its original form were: Gustave Courbet, Jean-François Millet, Honoré Daumier, and Jean-Baptiste-Camille […]

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A Lot of Influence on Classical Art Traditions

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André Lhote André Lhote  was a major ‘keeper of the keys’ for the classic point of view, his book ‘A Treatise on Landscape Painting’ is an excellent informative read. He was born on July 5, 1885 in Bordeaux, where he learned wood carving at a furniture maker’s studio at the age of thirteen. A little later […]

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