Sight-Size Artists of the Past


Harrington Mann

Darren R. Rousar   January 3, 2018

Every once in a while an artist becomes more popular for what they write than for what they paint. I think Harrington Mann (1864-1937) falls into that category. Although during the later half of his life he was a popular portrait painter, his 1933 book, The Technique of Portrait Painting, may have saved him from ending up a mere footnote in the history of art.

Sir Joshua Reynolds

Darren R. Rousar   October 25, 2017

Sir Joshua Reynolds appears in every account of the history of Sight-Size. Why? Because numerous sitters wrote of their experiences sitting to him. He stood while painting. He placed his canvas side-by-side with his sitter. He continually viewed the arrangement from a distant vantage point. All told, Sir Joshua Reynolds practiced textbook Sight-Size.

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.

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