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."Click Here to Listen to this Episode right now. Click here to see the complete text of the speech and images of the paintings mentioned in this podcast.
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Sunday, May 14, 2006
Vern Swanson Interview: Sir Lawrence Alma-TademaClick Here to Listen to this Episode Announcements:
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
"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."
Vern also mentioned Alma-Tadema's friendship with the excellent Victorian artist James Jacques Joseph Tissot starting in their early days as students.
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