(PRWEB) April 14, 2006
Fred Ross, chairman of the Art Renewal Center (http://www.artrenewal.org), will be speaking at the Berkshire Museum on April 19th, 2006 at 12 P.M. as a featured speaker in the Berkshire Museum’s Art for Lunch Series.
The speech will focus on 19th Century realist painters with special emphasis on William Bouguereau who was responsible for opening the salons and academies to women artists for the first time in history.
Excerpt from the Classical Realism Journal, Volume VI, Issue 1
“The artists of the 19th century exhibited a deep, abiding respect for humanity and human feelings. Bouguereau, Lord Leighton, Waterhouse, Burne-Jones and the other giants of the 19th century, tried to exemplify all that is good and decent in our species. Their accomplishments are the quintessential high point of hundreds of years of study and development in the art of painting.”
Excerpt from the Classical Realism Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1
“William Bouguereau ( 1825-1905) was not only loved by the general populace, he was adored and revered by other recognized giants of his own time, including men like Henry James, Charles Dickens, Edgar Degas and Frederic Chopin. But just as Rembrandt was relegated to near oblivion after his death, so too was this to be Bouguereau’s fate. One of the most famous stories about Rembrandt concerns his painting Night Watch. No one wanted it. Finally a gymnasium agreed to hang it on its back wall if the top foot of the painting was cut off so it would fit. To this day this masterpiece is known to us in a mutilated form. Bouguereau, until the mid-1970s was equally denigrated. But the work of great artistic genius cannot be stifled forever. Slowly, newer generations of historians, scholars and collectors have been able to view Bouguereau’s work and the works of other great 19th century artists with an objective eye.”
Fred Ross is Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, and has been a featured speaker at Sotheby's, the Dahesh Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum, among others. He holds a Master's in Art Education from Columbia University, and along with his wife Sherry owns one of the foremost collections of 19th Century European paintings. He is currently Executive Administrator of the Committee to write the Catalog Raisonné of William Bouguereau.
The not-for-profit 501(c )3 educational foundation known as the Art Renewal Center, ARC, is the most popular art museum on the Internet, with over 60,000 images.
ARC promotes a return to high standards of training and discipline in the fine arts of painting and sculpture, and supports qualified fine-art schools and yearly scholarship competitions, as well as juried art contests such as the Third International ARC Salon.
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