Posts Tagged ‘academie julian’

Artist of the moment……….Walter Schofield


Walter Schofield was one of the best American Impressionists living in the Pennsylvania region. Schofield was renown for landscape paintings of small farm life and winter scenes. Walter Schofield was born in 1867, his family had emigrated from England.

Schofield attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. The artist also studied abroad at the Academie Julian located in Paris, France. He also studied at the Academie Colarossi.

After getting married he and his wife would spent winters in the United States and Philadelphia. The rest of the time they bought an estate in Cornwall, England they made their second home.

Schofield is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Walter Schofield passed away in 1944.

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Some other artists who paint wonderful snow scenes include Lynn Boggess, anyone in the Wiggins family of artists, and Aldro Thomas Hibbard.




Artist of the moment……..Fernand Leger

Fernand Leger was a wonderful artist who worked in many mediums was one of the foremost Cubist painters. Fernand Leger was born in Argentan, France in the year 1881.Leger had a lengthy career and prolific output working with theater and costume design, ceramics, paintings, murals, film, and even glass.

For his artistic education Fernand Leger attended the School of Decorative Arts and the Academie Julian both located in Paris, France.

From the Moma in New York City we visit a great selection of works by Fernand Leger:

The artist was drafted into the Army and discharged with a head injury. His war left an impact on the artist and many works including murals have a strong social commentary to them.

Fernand Leger helped to found a Cubist painting school in 1924 based out of Paris, France. Leger also made his first film during this year about ballet dancers. Below is the film by Leger. Leger in this manner reminds of Warhol with his use of the film as a medium.

Fernand Leger passed away in 1955.

Leger has a museum featuring his work in Biot, France. In this clip some great images from the museum:

Price range information: Works range from lithographs at $5,000 with oils breaking the $20 million dollar mark at auction.

What a wonderful husband and wife team Fernand and Nadia were. Able to paint and teach others their craft! Surely one of my favorite husband and wife painting teams. Other husband and wife teams who help many others to paint in their same style would be David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. Another couple is Wende Caporale and Daniel E. Greene.


Artist of the moment…….Abraham Walkowitz

Walkowitz was born to Jewish parents in Tyumen, Siberia. Walkowitz was known for his watercolors, especially of the dancer Isadora Duncan.  Duncan was a Modernist dancer, much in the same way Abraham Walktowitz was a Modernist painter. Walkowitz produced a large body of drawings and paintings. Walkowitz is a lesser known Modernist artist. In addition to his recurring subject Isadora Duncan, Walkowitz was known for his cityscapes, which were also very abstract for the time period.

Isadora Duncan was an American born dancer who was thrown out of the country for her sympathy to the Soviet Union. She died in  a freak accident. Duncan was a leader in moving dancing away from something up tight and rigid to more natural and free flowing types of moves. She moved to Europe and taught her style of dancing to many followers. Duncan enjoyed wearing long neck scarves. One day she was a passenger in a car that was involved in an auto accident. Her scarf became caught in the wheel spokes a tire, and snapped her neck and she died.

Walkowitz met Duncan as she was visiting the studio of painter Auguste Rodin.

Walkowitz was a great acquaintance of Alfred Steiglitz, the husband of Georgia O’Keefe. Walkowitz used his connections to show his work with other Modernist style painters in the gallery of Steiglitz in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $60,000. Walkowitz worked in pencil, watercolours, and oils.

For his artistic education the artist attended the Academie Julien located in Paris, France. Walkowitz also attended the National Academy of Design.

In this clip many watercolours by Abraham Walkowitz and his favorite muse, Isadora Duncan:

What a great modernist painter! 


Artist of the moment…..Louis Ritman

Louis Ritman was an American painter born in Russia in the year 1889. Ritman and his family emigrated to Chicago, Illinois in the year 1900.As a young man he began an apprentice with a sign painter. The sign painter recognized his artistic genius and encouraged him to further his studies. Ritman studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and even the Academie Julien in Paris, France.

Ritman was one of few American artists to be given in admission of a painting in the Paris Salon exhibition.

Ritman is associated with the Impressionist style of painting. Ritman enjoyed  painting the female figure and also lush gardens sometimes combining the two genres. Ritman enjoyed experimenting with the dappling of light.

The artist enjoyed working with the light of Giverny, France and often would summer there.

A great selection of works by Ritman below. Many examples of the female figure in various locales:

Price range information: Louis Ritman worked in oils and watercolors with prices ranging from $5,000 to $600,000.

Louis Ritman taught at the Chicago Institute of Art for nearly three decades.

Louis Ritman passed away in 1963.

What a wonderful mix of shapes and colors achieved by mixing the painting of flesh and clothes vs. the wonderful patterns and colors found in botanical subjects.


Artists of the moment…..Charles Rollo Peters

Charles Rollo Peters was an American artist who excelled at painting the  landscape of California. Charles Rollo Peters was born in San Francisco in the year 1862. Many painters of the California landscape have been featured but Charles Rollo Peters was unique in that he was called the ” Poet of the Night.” In much the same way Frank Tenney Johnson, captured the Western skies at night, Charles Rollo Peters captured the essence of nightfall in California.

For his artistic education Peters attended the San Francisco School of Design. The artist also studied in Paris, France at the Academy Julian the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Among painters who influenced his developed style the artist was able to meet James McNeil Whistler.

Many paintings of Charles Rollo Peters are of his 30 acre estate which was located in Monterey, California. Another recurring theme was the adobe buildings of the American Southwest.

The artist passed away in 1928.

In this clip a collegiate art professor talks about a work done of a wife of Charles Rollo Peters from 1891:

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $45,000. Peters worked mainly in oils.

The artist had one son that was a friend of American painter John Singer Sargent. The son’s name was Dewitt Peters who studied in Paris, France at the Academy Julian and was renowned watercolorist. Below an example of Dewitt Peters style.



Artist of the moment…..George Petty

George Petty was an American artist who was one of the most renowned pinup girl artists in the world. George Petty was born in the year 1894 Abbeville, Louisiana. The Petty family moved to Chicago and his father enjoyed success as a photographer. The artist was skilled a youngster and took classes at Chicago Academy of Fine Arts whilst still in high school. He was so talented he even taught his own course. Petty studied briefly abroad at the Academy Julian in Paris, France before being forced to return home due to the first World War.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000. For his medium of choice the artist used an airbrush, watercolor, or pen and ink.

After returning home to Chicago Petty found much work as an airbrush artist. This job was perfect for him as he spent much of his time as a youngster in his father’s studio learning how to use the airbrush.

Petty appeared on the popular television program Whats My Line:

George Petty is best known for his Petty Pin- Up Girls. These were done exclusively for Esquire and Petty drew the lengths of the legs of his models longer than they actually were. He also shrunk the heads.

George Petty passed away in 1975.

In this clip a very large selection of works by George Petty. Many works from Esquire and also from Rigid Tools are included:

One of the best pin-up artists ever!