Category Archives: American Figurative Painters

El Jaleo

“….By the fall of 1881, Sargent was working on one of his largest and most drematic genre scenes, El Jaleo. Ideas for the picture had been percolating in his mind since 1879, when he had visited Spain and sketched the … Continue reading

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George Bellows: Black and White

“Though he was the most famous and most highly regarded American artist of his era, George Bellows, the intense, prolific painter of the early twentieth century, has remained as much of an enigma to his successors as to his contemporaries. … Continue reading

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Raphael Soyer

Raphael Soyer, Cafe Scene, 1946 “My art is representational by choice. In my opinion, if the art of painting is to survive, it must describe and express people, their lives and times. It must communicate. Non-objective art with its elimination … Continue reading

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George Tooker

All paintings by George Tooker I ran across a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. It’s extraordinary that a book written in the 1830s about America holds so strikingly true today: I see an innumerable crowd of like and equal men who … Continue reading

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John Brown: Artists’ Interpretations

John Steuart Curry, Tragic Prelude, 1938-40 Horace Pippin, The Trial of John Brown, 1942 Don Gray, Smiling John Brown Horace Pippin, John Brown Going to His Hanging Jacob Lawrence, 1 of 22 silkscreen prints from The Legend of John Brown … Continue reading

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Ivan Le Lorrain Albright

Ivan Albright, The Vermonter (If Life Were Life, There Would Be No Death), 1966-1977 I once asked Ray Yoshida, this would have been back in the early 80s, who he thought the best painter to come out of Chicago had … Continue reading

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robert schwartz

Some really marvelous paintings by Robert Schwartz. I’ve only seen the work in reproduction and there’s next to no biographical information on the artist other than some bare details. The works, from what I’ve read rarely measure more than 10 … Continue reading

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