CONTEMPORARY REALISM: WORKS FROM THE ATELIER PROGRAM OF FINE ART
“Contemporary Realism: Works from the “Atelier Program of Fine Art” will open Sunday, June 2. There will be an artist from the Atelier demonstrating painting plus refreshments. Paintings from the Atelier’s history will be present, including a painting from Gammell, Lack, Redpath and Wicker, along with works from Lura Tundel, Christine Mitzuk, Brenda Ward and full-time students.
“Atelier” is a French word that means “Studio Workshop”. The system of Atelier training has it roots in the Italian Renaissance, which was based on the master/student apprenticeship method of instruction. The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis has a direct linage that extends back to the great French Academician, Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904). The “Carpet Merchant” on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, is an example of his work.
The Atelier in Minneapolis is unique as a school of realism because this teaching combination of French Academic drawing skills with Impressionist approaches the visual perception.
Gallery hours are 1-5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.