The History of Art and the Curios Lives of Painters
American Neoclassical Painter and Co-founder of the English Royal Academy
Education - was tutored in basics of portraiture from John Wollaston and later studied under John Valentine Heidt.
Cause of Death - Old Age
Benjamin West was an American-born painter. His main subjects were mythological, historical, religious, and portraits. West had a significant influence on the growth of historical painting in England. He court painter to king George III and founding member of the Royal Academy.
Benjamin West Quotations "To recognize great talent, we must encourage dreamers." -- Benjamin West "I will let them see if an obscure Yankee boy cannot shine as great as any of them." -- Benjamin West “A kiss from my mother made me a painter.” -- Benjamin West
Description and Origins of the Neoclassic Art Movement
The Neo-Classical movement was centered in Rome, where many painters congregated around the influential eighteenth-century German art historian Johann Joachim Wincklemann. Winckelmann touted Greco-Roman art, writing explicit descriptions of erotic sculptures from Classical Antiquity thereby encouraging an interest in Greek antiquities. The period is called Neoclassical because its artists looked back to the art and culture of classical Greece and Rome. Neoclassical art is characterized by its classical form and structure, clarity, and to an degree, realism.
Principle Artists of the Neoclassical Period
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References - Richard Muther, The History of Modern Painting, Henry and Co., London, 1896