Archive for July, 2013

New ARC Letter: Past for Inspiration

Le Ravissement de Psyche
by William Bouguereau
We have recently added a letter by Eric Alexander Santoli, who has written in on what it is like to be a young artist today who looks towards the past for inspiration.

“I studied one painter in particular who is a favorite on the ARC website: William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905). “What a brilliant painter”, I thought and still do think even as I am writing this. His technique was superb, and his Victorian ideals satisfied me on an aesthetic level. I studied him and would only get looks of dismay when I said his name and spoke about him at school.”

To read the full letter, click here.
Posted Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

ARC Living Master™ Exhibition
ARC Living Master™ Adrian Gottlieb will be exhibiting his work at SR Brennen Galleries – 124 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM, 87501. The Opening Reception will be this Friday, August 2nd. The show will be on view from August 1 – August 10.

To view more about this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Girl in a Kimono
by Adrian Gottlieb
Posted Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Volume One Now Sold Separately For $99
Originally published as part of the two-volume set, now available for the first time as a single volume, this edition includes an additional chapter entitled ‘William Bouguereau’s Nymph and Satyr’. It is a detailed discussion of the painting, one of his most significant works, and is written by Kara Lysandra Ross. The book also includes the full biography of the artist.

The book runs over 520 pages. Hard cover with dust jacket.

Today, more than 100 museums and galleries across the world exhibit Bouguereau’s work, including the Musee d’Orsay (Paris), the Denver Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) The Hermitage (St. Petersburg), Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery (UK), Chi-Mei Museum (Taiwan), Tyne & Wear Museums (UK).

Additional features

  • Over 340 color images of Bouguereau paintings
  • Over 100 full page plates
  • Another 170 images in black and white, most of which are biographical, including photographs of Bouguereau in his studio, family members, Bouguereau with his students, letters, drawings, etc.
  • The retail of this book is $125, but ARC is offering a special pre-order price of $99. Books are due to be ready to ship in March 2014.

    To pre-order now, click here.

    Additionally, there are only 10 copies of the first edition two volume biography and Catalogue Raisonne available for sale. The price for the small number of remaining sets are $760 a set.

    To place an order now, click here.

    Posted Friday, July 26th, 2013

    Thomas Benjamin Kennington Additions
    ARC is happy to announce that we have just tripled the size of the Thomas Benjamin Kennington (1856-1916) gallery and added a biography of the artist.

    “Born in Grimsby England on April 7,1856, Thomas Benjamin Kennington trained at an impressive line of schools including the Liverpool School of Art, the South Kensington School of Art, and finally at the Academy Julian with William Bouguereau, Jules Lefebvre, and Tony Robert-Fleury. Throughout his life he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and his work was also seen at the Royal Society of British Arts and the famous Grosvenor Gallery. His work was well appreciated and he even won a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1889.”

    Dolly and Me
    Thomas Benjamin Kennington
    To read more and to view his new and improved gallery, click here.
    Posted Thursday, July 25th, 2013

    ARC Living Master™ Exhibition

    Ascent by Petere Fiore
    ARC Living Master™ Peter Fiore will be exhibiting in a special show at The Forge Studio and Gallery – 310 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337 along side his son and daughter Paul and Lisa Fiore. The show is on now and will continue through August 5th.

    Peter Fiore (b.1955), like many landscape painters, often travels afar, yet he is just as easily transported by the ostensibly unremarkable farms and woodlands near his home in northeastern Pennsylvania. “I am interested in making the simple profound, so my own backyard can be inspirational. I just walk out my door and it’s all there. By painting simply, magic happens.”

    To view more on this and other exhibitions, click here.
    Posted Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

    Erik Koeppel takes Center Stage
    After winning second place in the international ARC Salon, ARC Living Master™ Erik Koeppel has been featured in an article by Mary Byrom in the Epoch Times.

    To read the article, click here.

    ARC 2013/2013 Salon
    Second Place – Landscape
    Revival: Sunrise in the Kaaterskill Clove by Erik Koeppel
    In addition, Koeppel is being featured in Pictures Serene and Sublime: Traditional White Mountain Art Recaptured. The show will run July 6 through August 31, 2013 at the Mason House, Bethel, Maine.

    To view more on this and other exhibitions, click here.

    Posted Monday, July 22nd, 2013

    Marie Bashkirtseff Gallery Update
    With a generous image contribution from Fonthill Press, we are happy to announce that ARC has revamped the Image Gallery of Ukrainian painter Marie Bashkirtseff (1858-1884). Fonthill Press recently published the Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff translated and edited by Katherine Kernberger. There has also been a significant biographical update to the page, that has been supplied as well.
    Marie’s devotion to beauty and the fine arts defined the focus of her brief, prolific life. In 1877 – against the wishes of family and the orders of her doctors – she moved from the temperate climate of Nice to Paris in order to study painting. She enrolled in the Academie Julian, the only art school in Paris at that time accepting women; during this period Marie also began attending meetings of “Le Droit des Femmes,” the leading society of the emerging French feminist movement. At the Academie, Rodolphe Julian, the founder, and Tony Robert-Fleury took an immediate and great interest in her talent, and of the overwhelming force of her fiercely determined self. Simultaneous to her artistic development, Marie published articles regarding the Rights of Women, writing under the nom de plume of Pauline Orell. Always, in every endeavor, Marie seemed engaged in an inexorable battle with passing time, sensing from early on that her own time was short. In spite of her personal wealth and illness, she worked tirelessly – eight to twelve or more hours a day, virtually for the remainder of her life. After a relatively short period of study, M. Julian asked Marie to paint a large canvas depicting his Academie, for submission to the Salon. Her painting, L’Atelier Julian (The Studio), has long been regarded as a masterwork of La Belle Epoque.

    To view her new and improved page on ARC, click here.

    Posted Friday, July 19th, 2013

    Burne-Jones Breaks Record at Auction
    Burne-Jones’ Love among the Ruins brings over 22 million dollars at Christie’s London on July 11th, almost 15 million pounds. This sets a new world record for the artist’s work, the third highest price at auction for a Victorian painting, and highest price ever for a 19th century Victorian Sale in London.
    Edward Burne-Jones
    Love among the Ruins
    Description: signed with initials (lower left), and signed again ‘Edward. Burne. Jones’
    Medium: watercolor, bodycolor and gum arabic on paper
    Size: Height 38 in.; Width 60 in. / Height 96.5 cm.; Width 152.4 cm.
    Sale of Christie’s London: Thursday, July 11, 2013 [Lot 3]
    Important Victorian & British Impressionist Art
    Estimate 3,000,000 – 5,000,000 GBP (4,537,205 – 7,562,008 USD)
    Sold For 14,845,875 GBP (22,452,926 USD) PREMIUM
    Posted Thursday, July 18th, 2013

    New ARC Living Master™
    Boris Vallejo attended the National School of Fine Arts in, Lima Peru before immigrating to the United States in 1964. He arrived in the US with a suitcase of clothes, some samples of his artwork, a violin, and $80.00 in his pocket. In the years since he has become a legend in the fantasy and science fiction art world. His paintings have been seen on hundreds of book covers, calendars, magazines, and movie posters.

    To learn more about Boris Vallejo and to view his new gallery on ARC, click here.

    Posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

    New ARC Living Master™
    Julie Bell should be singled out as winning the most awards in any one competition ARC has ever held. In the 2012/2013 ARC Salon she won First Place in the Imaginative Realist Category, First and Third Place in the Animal Category, and two Purchase Awards. She also received Best Portrait Runner Up, two additional Honorable Mentions, and has emerged as one of the top artists of her generation. All of Bell’s work is painted with an intense color palette and confident brush.
    Pride of Philadelphia
    by Julie Bell
    2012/2013 ARC Salon
    First Place Animal Category
    and Purchase Award

    To learn more about Julie Bell and to view her new gallery on ARC,
    please click here.
    Posted Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

    Register Now for IlluXCon 2013
    The IlluXCon Main Show and Weekend Salon, as well as select programming throughout the length of the show will be held at The Allentown Art Museum (AAM), Wednesday, September 11th, through Sunday, September 15th. IlluXCon is the first, ground-breaking symposium dedicated solely to the art of the fantastic (imaginative realism)—bringing artists, students, collectors, and art fans together for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for imaginative realism and all that’s encompassed in the realm of the fantastic.
    As the largest display of original fantastic/imaginative realist art in the world, IlluXCon is an entirely unique experience where artists are free to participate in the show just as attendees and students do, students have the opportunity to sign up for private portfolio reviews by industry art directors and galleries, and all present have numerous opportunities to be inspired by and grow in love for the vast array of work and people in this incredible field.

    To learn more or to register, click here.

    Unknowable by David Palumbo
    36 x 48 in. Oils on wood panel
    Posted Friday, July 5th, 2013

    New ARC Living Master™
    Dmitry Sevryukov is a modern realist artist. The breathtaking beauty of his works attracts many fans of realism.
    From his childhood, he had a dream and did all he could to get it. He worked hard to develop himself as a painter. Sevryukov improved his abilities in the workshops of talented teachers. He has been having solo exhibitions of his works since 1993. His works first appearing in the Ukraine, have now found there way to America, and for the last few years in regular exhibitions in Moscow, Russia.
    Sevryukov is an accomplished painter of sill life and animals. He uses a mastery of selective focus and contours which give the illusion that his subjects could jump off the canvas into the real world.

    To view his new gallery on ARC, click here.

    Posted Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

    New DVD in ARC Store
    Now you can learn the training techniques of the masters in this easy-to-follow instructional guide, Drawing the Bargue. For the first time, artist and instructor Fernando Freitas of the internationally acclaimed ARC Approved Academy of Realist Art, shares his proven step-by-step instruction technique that has helped artists of all levels of experience master their drawing skills.

    The Charles Bargue Drawing Course was developed and widely used in the mid 19th century as a foundation exercise for fine art training. Throughout the years it has been used by many great masters as an essential process in understanding the principles of shape, proportion, value and form.

    To learn more or to order, click here.
    Posted Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

    Painting by ARC Associate Living Master™ Urban Larsson Enters Museum
    A new portrait of HM Queen Silvia has been donated to the Swedish National Portrait Gallery. The portrait was a gift from a number of corporate and private donors in honour of the Queen’s 70th birthday. It was painted earlier this year by Swedish artist Urban Larsson. It has been unveiled at Gripsholm Castle on 11 June 2013.
    The portrait was painted from life during several session at Drottningholm Castle, Stockholm earlier this year.

    The portrait collection comprises around 4,600 works, with new additions every year.

    Posted Monday, July 1st, 2013