American Classical Realismby Matthew Innis |
R.H. Ives Gammell (1893–1981) was one of the last American artists whose training traces back to the French academic tradition of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 1950, he founded a Boston studio to ensure that the classical painting tradition would be preserved. In the early 1980s, one of Gammell’s students, Richard Lack, was asked to coin a term that would distinguish the work of the Boston realists from that of other representational artists. The idea of “Classical Realism” was subsequently articulated. Maryhill Museum of Art is home to a large collection of these works and this exhibition draws from that material. Work by Gammell and three of his students—Richard Lack (1928–2009), Robert Douglas Hunter (1928–2014) and Samuel Rose (1941–2008)—may be seen in the exhibition.