4:00pm - 5:30pm
Refreshments will be served
Patrick Connors talks about THE PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL OF PAINTING
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Western Art's schools of painting, starting in Trecento Sienna and continuing through to those of the 19th and early 20th centuries, reflect temporal and regional influences in classic illusionistic pictorial space. The vitality and longevity of this nearly 700-year tradition was possible because it transmitted a body of knowledge, based on a tested and true intellectual foundation, which could be taught, learnt, and expanded upon. Within any particular "academy" of visual thought is the individual "eye", those persons who re-present Renaissance thought in a personal expression and without who there would be no school. This lecture examines the individual imaginations of some of the proponents of the 19th- and 20th-century Philadelphia School of Painting, including, although not limited to: Thomas Eakins, Susan McDowell Eakins, Cecilia Beaux, Walter Stuempfig, and Arthur DeCosta.
About Patrick Connors
Patrick Connors is a 1980 graduate of the Certificate Program of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There, he studied primarily under Arthur DeCosta and was awarded the Perspective Prize. In 1982 he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. His work is exhibited internationally and is included in both private and public collections.
He has lectured at Yale University Art Gallery, Water Street Atelier, Drexel School of Medicine, Classical America [Philadelphia Chapter], and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is the published author of the following articles: "Through the Picture Plane: The Poetry in the Pictorial Space of Thomas Eakins"; "The Chiaroscuro and the Ambiguity of Gloom"; "The Oil Sketch and Representationist Thought in the Philadelphia School of Painting"; "The Art of Sacred Devotion," and "The Legacy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts."