Classical Realism: A Living Artistic Tradition

By Stephen Gjertson

The Origin of the Phrase

Stephen Gjertson, The Folly of Samson, 2005. Oil on canvas, 46 x 66.

The expression “Classical Realism,” when applied to a specific group of artists, originated with Minneapolis artist Richard Lack (1928-2009). Lack studied with Boston artist R. H. Ives […]

Richard Lack (1928-2009): A Reminiscence

by Stephen Gjertson. Written on the occasion of Richard Lack’s 80th birthday.

Richard Lack in his studio, c. 1971.

It’s difficult to say anything about Richard Lack that I have not already stated in his biography or the essays on my student years and the ateliers of […]

The Mistress of All Masters

By Stephen Gjertson

This article was originally published in The American Society of Classical Realism – Salon 1992, exhibition catalog, Heritage Art Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Footnotes are inserted into the text within brackets.

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Police Verso, 1872. Oil on canvas, 38 x 58 3/4. Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.

The Ateliers of R. H. Ives Gammell and Richard F. Lack


On Motion in Art

Considering the Relationships Among Patronage, Training and the Arts

By Stephen Gjertson Footnotes are inserted into the text within brackets.

Howard Pyle, The Battle of Nashville, 1906. Governor’s Reception Room, the Minnesota State Capitol, Saint Paul. Photography by Gary Mortensen. The Minnesota Historical Society. The sense of movement in Pyle’s painting is […]

In Response to the Man with the Camera

By Stephen Gjertson

This article is adapted from one with the same title that appeared in the Classical Realism Quarterly, September 1989.

Sunlight and Shadow—Minnehaha Creek, 1984. Oil on canvas, 24 x 48. Collection of Dave A. Anderson.

It was a sultry summer afternoon in central Minnesota. I was painting […]