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March 2019

Spring? Brrr!
Savrasov - Spring: Kitchen Garden

Spring: Kitchen Gardens, 1893, Alexei Kondratyevich Savrasov (Russian, 1830-1897). Oil on canvas (dimensions unknown), Perm State Art Gallery, Perm, Russia. View superb images of 252 paintings by Savrasov on The Athenaeum website.

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According to the online magazine theartwolf.com, "Savrasov was one of the most important--arguably the most important--of all the 19th-century Russian landscape painters, considered the creator of the 'lyrical landscape style.'" From what we have seen online, he may be among the greatest of all landscape painters of that century.


3/18: Bouguereau & America, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. [Scroll down for titles of the first four works displayed. Click on "Open Interactive Map" for images of all the works in the exhibition, and on each image for its title and provenance.] Closes May 12.
See Further Reading and Viewing below.


Further Reading and Viewing - L.T.
* "Bouguereau's Legacy," Richard Lack, Aristos, September 1982.
* "William A. Bouguereau: The Academic Tradition Personified," Rehs Galleries, New York.
* Exhibition review, ArtDaily.org, March 7, 2019.
* The Athenaeum: 450 paintings / biography (note fourth "contributor" to biography and second external link)
* Wikipedia. Illustrated bio.

Among Bouguereau's Most Notable Paintings - L.T.
+ Equality before Death [more] [about], 1848, Orsay Museum, Paris
+ Maternal Admiration (large version) [more], 1869
+ Young Mother Gazing at Her Child [more], 1871
+ Homer and His Guide [more] [about], c. 1874, Milwaukee [Wisconsin] Art Museum
+ A Soul Brought to Heaven [more] [about / to translate, copy and paste text into Google Translate], 1878, Museum of Art and Archaeology of Périgord, Périgueux, France
+ Compassion! [more] [about], 1897, Orsay Museum
+ Irène [more], 1897


* "Richard F. Lack: A Compendium---Select Links to Online References" (illus.) - Includes a review of his Catalogue Raisonné (2016). (Lack coined the term "Classical Realism" in painting.)

* "Borstlap's Gauntlet: Challenging the Musical Avant-Garde," a review of The Classical Revolution, by musicologist Frank Cooper

* Andrew Wyeth issue, featuring "Andrew Wyeth's Black Models: 'Close Friends' or 'Oppressed' Neighbors?" by Louis Torres; and "Commemorating Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)," a review of two centenary exhibitions by Michelle Marder Kamhi


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Aristos (1982-1997)
About, sample articles, reviews, back issues. . .

What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand, by L.T. & M.M.K.(Open Court, 2000). Chapter Summaries, Reviews/Responses. . .

The Definition of Art (Ch. 6)

+Find Book in Libraries (Worldwide)

What Art Is Online (2000-2003)
Supplement to What Art Is--articles and excerpts

Who Says That's Art?
A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts
, by M.M.K. (Pro Arte Books, 2014). Contents, Introduction, Reviews, Image links

"Forceful and persuasive."--Kirkus Reviews

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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

*The Aristos Awards
* Readings on Art Education
* WebCommentary

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