Portrait Painting in the Boston Tradition: An Interview with Richard F. Lack (1928-2009)

By Stephen Gjertson

Portrait of a Minister, 1956. Oil on canvas, 36 x 27. Private collection.

Portrait painting is a difficult and sometimes exasperating art. To survive, the portrait painter must be talented, flexible, thick-skinned and tenacious: talented enough to meet the artistic and creative demands of fine portraiture, […]

Hippolyte Flandrin: A Nineteenth Century Master, Part I

By Stephen Gjertson

Self-Portrait, 1840. Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 15. Private collection, Paris.

In 1857, seven years before the artist’s death, the eminent French art critic, Edmund About, wrote of Hippolyte Flandrin, “If posterity is just it will call him ‘Flandrin without fault.’ . . .” […]

Hippolyte Flandrin: A Nineteenth Century Master, Part II

By Stephen Gjertson

The Portrait Painter

Portrait of a Young Lady.

Flandrin was a prolific portrait painter. In an age that boasted many fine portrait painters he became one of the most esteemed and sought-after. This fact, however, eventually proved to be more of an irritation […]

Hippolyte Flandrin: A Nineteenth Century Master, Part III

By Stephen Gjertson

The Church of Saint Martin d’Ainay in Lyons

The Central Apse, 1855. Church of Saint Martin d’Ainay, Lyons.

Christ, the Virgin, Saint Blandina, Saint Clotilde, Saint Michael, Saint Pothinus, Saint Martin. Lithograph by Jean-Baptiste Poncet after Flandrin’s decoration in the Church of Saint Martin […]

Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864): A Nineteenth Century Master, Part IV

By Stephen Gjertson

The Return to Rome

Joseph Sold into Slavery by His Brothers, Church of Saint Germain-des-Prés, Paris.

Study for Joseph Sold into Slavery by His Brothers, 1858. Pencil, 12 x 9 3/8. Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.

Flandrin had completed the nave of […]

Jean-Paul Laurens

A Late 19th Century Master

Self-Portrait, 1876. Oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 14 5/8. Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

Born in Fourquevaux, France (near Toulouse) on March 28, 1838, Jean-Paul Laurens came from a very modest background and started his career as a simple color grinder for an itinerant […]

Pictorial Design

Frederic, Lord Leighton, The Daphnephoria, 1875-76. Oil on canvas, 7 feet 5 inches x 17 feet. National Museums and Art Galleries on Merseyside. Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight.

An Outline of Basic Principles

By Stephen Gjertson and Annette LeSueur

Dedicated to Richard F. Lack (1929-2009) Artist, Teacher, Writer, Mentor, Friend

The Paris Opéra: Charles Garnier’s Opulent Architectural Masterpiece

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

Many are the architectural jewels of Paris. Notable among them are Notre Dame, Versailles and the Louvre. In a city of jewels however, there is none more dazzling than the Opéra Garnier, now more beautiful than ever after […]

Frontiers of Enchantment: The Outdoor Studies of William R. Leigh

Leigh sketching in the Southwest. Leigh Collection, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa.

By Stephen Gjertson

Buffalo Mother, n.d. Oil on canvas, 36 x 48. Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa.

For some of those interested in art of the American West, the name of William R. Leigh conjures up dramatic images of bucking broncos, […]

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. Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA.

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