Munich School_Alfred kowalski

This type of genre realism was greatly out of favor when we attended the Layton School of Art in the mid-60s. They are still not held in high regard by the art establishment. Their social-realism and folksy genre scenes tend toward Rockwellism and contain too much illustrative narrative to be taken very seriously. What can […]

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Munich School_Nicholaos Gyzis

Nikolaos Gyzis was born in the village of Sklavohori, in Tinos island on the 1st of March 1842, and died in Munich, on the 4th of January 1901. He is considered to be one of the most important Greek painters of the 19th century, of the so-called “Munich School”. Throughout his studies, he accomplished great […]

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Get Real!

For more insight into Figurative Realism in the real sense, we need to look at three painters depicting the realism of and for their own time. The painters to be examined here are William Coldstream, Euan Uglow, and Antonio Lopez Garcia. Coldstream was born in 1908 and died in 1987. He was educated at and […]

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Advice From Charles Hawthorne

Do studies, not pictures. Know when you are licked — start another. Do not belabor defeat. Be alive, stop when your interest is lost. When your brain leaves the room you are done. Put off finish — make a lot of starts. The Art is in the start. It is so hard and so long before a student […]

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Advice From Sargent

Painting is an interpretation of tone. Keep the planes free and simple, drawing a full brush down the whole contour of a cheek. Always paint one thing into another and not side by side until they touch The thicker your paint — the more your color flows. Simplify, omit all but the most essential elements […]

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Chardin • Real Realism

Jean Siméon Chardin was born in 1699 and came to manhood a when the Rococo of Watteau, Fragonard, and Boucher was the style de jour.  Rococo rivaled in decadent frivolity, depicting erotic nudity, romantic trysts, and carnality. The reality we associate with painting how we see in the manner of Velasques, Vermeer, and Chardin was […]

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The Brotherhood of Zinc

According to the Zinc Zealots, all of the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood should have fallen off their supports long ago. Obviously that did not happen with the their painting and thousands upon thousands of other paintings done with Zinc White that hang in museums. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood used prepared canvases with layers of flake […]

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Charles Woodbury (1864-1940)

Charles H. Woodbury was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, while an undergraduate at MIT he became at 19 the youngest member of, the Boston Art Club. After graduation, he painted the New England coastline exhibiting and selling his works. In 1891 went to study at Academie Julian in Paris. It was the time of the Impressionist […]

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Gertrude Fiske Gallery

Fiske (1878-1961) was a Boston School Painter, a student and colleague of American Impressionists Edmund C. Tarbell, Frank Benson, Philip Hale, and Charles Woodbury.  Fiske (1878-1961) was a Boston School Painter, a student and colleague of American Impressionists Edmund C. Tarbell, Frank Benson, Philip Hale, and Charles Woodbury.  Her paintings were composed with an eye […]

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The Twilight of Contour

Let us begin with what is known as the Boston School of Painters. Key figures in the Boston School were Edmund C. Tarbell, Frank Weston Benson, and William McGregor Paxton, all of whom trained in Paris at the Academie Julian and later taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Other painters associated […]

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