Part of the Program: Adult Classes and Workshops

The Evolution of Painting (Online): Society Portraits and the Ashcan School

10:00 am
12:00 pm
from the comfort and safety of your home

Watch the recreation of a master painting from start to finish. Join artist Paul DuSold and explore how and why great paintings affect us emotionally and spiritually! 

In this series, Paul will copy paintings by John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, Robert Henri and George Bellows. These artists, (all connected in some way to Philadelphia), painted during the late 19th and early 20th century. Beaux and Sargent represented the greatest of American society portrait painting. Henri and Bellows, were part of a group of artists in what came to be known as the Ashcan school, and painted portraits of the tenement dwellers of New York City. The works of these artists present a fascinating comparison in the rich evolution of oil painting!

Viewers will see how the qualities of color, shape, texture, light and space engage the imagination as a painting transitions from a blank canvas to a finished masterpiece. Paul describes every step of his experience walking in the footsteps of the artist who created the original.  By seeing the painting develop, the viewer experiences the painting with much greater understanding! Context of social and aesthetic history will also be discussed.

Participants are allowed to ask questions at the end of each session.

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