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Sight-Size Artists of the Past

Memories of Richard Lack

Darren R. Rousar   February 8, 2017

Few artists of the last half of the twentieth-century had as much impact on representational art as did Richard F. Lack (1928-2009). Despite that, neither his name nor his works are as well-known as are some of his contemporaries like Andrew Wyeth. That is a shame, because were it not for him and his teacher, R. H. Ives Gammell, contemporary art would not be what it currently is today.

Archibald Standish Hartrick

Darren R. Rousar   November 2, 2016

It is likely that you have never heard of Archibald Standish Hartrick. That is not surprising, and I suspect that he was not as well-known in his lifetime as were many of his friends and contemporaries - Sargent and Whistler among them. Nonetheless, He made an outstanding contribution to the written record of Sight-Size.

Charles Hopkinson

Darren R. Rousar   November 15, 2014

Charles Hopkinson was born in 1869, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduating from Harvard he began his formal artistic training at the Art Students' League in New York. While at the ASL, he studied cast drawing under Twachtman and the figure under Mowbray.

Robert Douglas Hunter

Darren R. Rousar   August 15, 2014

Back in 2007, Mr. Hunter (and American Artist) gave me permission to reproduce an interview Mr. Hunter did with Richard Goetz of American Artist Magazine. The copyright remains with American Artist, 1970. Other than the diagram, none of the following images were in the original article.

John Collier

Darren R. Rousar   July 11, 2014

John Collier (1850-1934) studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany and at the Slade school under Edward Poynter. He was a respected portrait painter and painted many of the famous people of his time.

Leopold Seyffert

Darren R. Rousar   October 11, 2013

Leopold Seyffert studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Anschutz, William Merritt Chase and Cecilia Beaux. In early to mid-twentieth-century America he was very much in demand as a portrait painter.

Gari Melchers

Darren R. Rousar   September 14, 2013

Jules Garibaldi (Gari) Melchers, like John Singer Sargent, was one of those late nineteenth-century American painters who spent years abroad perfecting their craft and establishing their career.

John Singer Sargent

Darren R. Rousar   September 2, 2013

In 1903 Frederick Fiske Warren commissioned Sargent to paint group portrait of his wife and daughter. The sittings took place in a room of Isabella Stewart Gardner's Fenway Court. Midway through the painting a photographer was brought in to document the process. Notice the placement of the canvas, the models and Sargent himself.