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October 2018

Andrew Wyeth issue: forthcoming in November.


10/7: Wyeth, a documentary film on the life and work of Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) in the PBS American Masters series. Among the numerous paintings in the documentary are all but two of the dozen portraits featured in Louis Torres's forthcoming article "Andrew Wyeth's Black Models: 'Close Friends' or 'Oppressed' Neighbors?."

10/7: Delacroix drawings exhibition at the Met closes November 12 (see CN archives). In his new paintings exhibition, the smaller works are especially worth viewing (e.g., Collision of Arab Horsemen [about the painting]). Closes January 6, 2019.


Autumnal Impression
Monet - Autumn on the Seine

Autumn on the Seine at Argenteuil, 1873, by Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Oil on canvas, approx. 21 3/8 x 28 7/8 in. (54.36 x 73.15 cm), High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia [Autumn HMA page].

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As is well known, Monet was one of the founders of Impressionism in painting. Think you know his work? You don't. Not, that is, until you have skimmed the 1,339 images of his paintings at the Athenaeum. He is said to have completed more than 2,500 in all--mostly oils, but also pastels and drawings (the exact number is unknown, as he destroyed some and others were lost).


On Delacroix, and Liberty Leading the People (his most famous and much-loved painting--which, regrettably, is not in the current exhibition):

+ HuffPost's light-hearted guide to pronouncing his name and other "pesky monikers" in art history.

+ "July 28. Liberty Leading the People [July 28, 1830]," cited in note 1 of the painting's Wikipedia article, provides an authoritative account of how Delacroix came to make the painting, as well as a detailed discussion of its content, including Liberty herself and key figures following her in battle.

Richard F. Lack (1928-2009): A Compendium: Select Links to Online Sources - Louis Torres. On the life and work of this pioneering painter-teacher, who coined the term "Classical Realism."


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What Art Is Online (2000-2003)
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After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections
on the Future of the Fine Arts
(Open Court, 2016).

Includes essays by the Aristos editors:

* "The Interminable Monopoly of the Avant-Garde" - Louis Torres

* "Mimesis versus the Avant-Garde: Art and Cognition" [based on "Art and Cognition"] - Michelle Marder Kamhi

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