American Classical Realismby Matthew Innis |
R.H. Ives Gammell (1893â€“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 Gammellâ€™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 â€œClassical Realismâ€ was subsequently articulated. Â 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 studentsâ€”Richard Lack (1928â€“2009), Robert Douglas Hunter (1928â€“2014) and Samuel Rose (1941â€“2008)â€”may be seen in the exhibition.