Louise Palermo, curator of education at Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington, explains, “The term ‘classical realism’ was coined by Richard Lack and a group of atelier-trained realist artists communicating their connection to academic traditions, coupled with a modern way of seeing. It embraces classicism, realism and an impressionist style using rigorous atelier apprenticeships, intensive mentoring, and an academic method of drawing and painting. While ‘realistic’ might, in a narrow way, define a work of art with recognizable objects, the broad stroke doesn’t do justice to the thoughtful insight of this movement. Simple objects become as beautiful as the most famous portrait. Meaning and insight resonate for those taking the time to ponder.” The museum has a tradition of collecting and displaying works of classical realism since its founding.
For the third consecutive year, Palermo has invited alumni and current students of the atelier to exhibit at the museum. The Influence of Women with Aristides Atelier is an online exhibition. Palermo explains, “The theme of this exhibition was chosen to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women in America finally achieving their right to vote. Artists were asked to explore the women who have influenced their life and art.”
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