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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Oil Painters of America Keynote Lecture on The Errors of Modernism by Fred Ross

"We have hardly begun to even consider all of the possible areas of thought, emotion, knowledge, and experience which have yet to be conceived, drawn and painted, in which the expressive, poetic and creative powers of the artists eye can once again enrich society, culture and civilization with the outpouring of countless masterpieces from the hands of our living masters."
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posted by Brian Yoder at 6:05 PM  

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Vern Swanson Interview: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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    Interview: Our first podcast was an interview with Vern Swanson, Phd, Director of the Springville Museum on the subject of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912).
    Here are a few of the paintings discussed in the podcast:
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    This is the painting that first got Vern interested in art in general and in Alma-Tadema in particular when he saw it as a young boy. Spring, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1894

    Silver Favorites, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1903. This is an example of one of Alma-Tadema's "bright and sunny" paintings, and a good example of his painting of marble as well.

    Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1868

    Caracalla and Geta, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1909

    The Drawing Room at Townshend House, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1885

    An Oleander, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1882. This is an example of the red walls of Pompei and of Alma-Tadema's studio.

    This is Our Corner or Laurense and Anna Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1873

    The Death of Hippolytus, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1860. An example of Alma-Tadema's early paintings with "tragic" themes.

    Portrait of the Singer George Henschel, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1879

    Egyptian Juggler, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1870

    The Finding of Moses, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1904.

    "The Finding of Moses, a large, wonderful, incomprehensibly beautiful painting by Tadema, that says everything you could ever want to say...stone, flesh, water, light flowers, everything. The painting in the early 1960's was put up for sale and nobody would buy it. Finally someone bought it $200 and someone came in and asked 'What is that painting going in your alley?' So they went out and found that the people who had bought the painting had removed it from the frame and left the painting in the alley. So they sold it again to a restaurant for nothing. That painting came up for auction at Christie's in New York 5 or 6 years ago and sold for well over a million dollars and if it came up today it would sell for 4 or 5 million."

    A Difference of Opinion, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1896

    Vern also mentioned Alma-Tadema's friendship with the excellent Victorian artist James Jacques Joseph Tissot starting in their early days as students.

    posted by Brian Yoder at 11:11 PM  

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