There is a saying, “Art speaks for itself.” But the art of Rockwell and Wyeth spoke to the public and critics in entirely different ways. Their works have always been beloved by the public but often attached by the critics. Their styles and subject matter were never even close to what was considered avant-garde art. But they tapped into middle class values and ideals and that added to their popularity. Hear how Rockwell painted the qualities one would like to see society returnto and he did it with a sense of whimsy. Wyeth was accused of being a hopelessly sentimental painter of rural scenes. But Fred Dixon will argue the critics never completely understood his work. Often he takes you beneath the surface of Realism and he doesn’t spell it out for us. The lecture will conclude with the firestorm over the Helga paintings and a look at “Christina’s World.”
Fred Dixon and his wife Martha have collected art for 35 years and traveled to many of the most important museums and cathedrals in the U.S., Europe, and Italy to view Renaissance and Baroque art. For ten years they were docents at the Barnes Foundation which has the largest collection of Impressionistic and Post-Impressionistic art in the U.S. including 181 Renoirs. Fred’s book “700 Years of Art History: Pre-Renaissance To Modernism,” from which parts of this lecture are taken will be available at this event for the discounted price of $35.
Armory students and the general public are invited to attend this new free and exciting opportunity. Lunch and Learn is held once a month from 12:45 - 1:30 pm in our library. Bring your lunch and an open mind not only to learn about art, but also get to know some of our fascinating guests—our veteran and new faculty members, artists-in-residence, and visiting master artists.
10% any regularly scheduled 4 to 8-week class. For Armory Art Center new students only. Must attend a Lunch and Learn and then register for class by 9:30 AM the following morning.