Bouguereau and the Real 19th Century

by Fred Ross

[It seems to me, there is neither pre-modern, modern, or post-modern art (except for historical, schematic purposes), only good and bad art, skilled and pretentious or political  kitsch]—SH

FOR OVER 90 YEARS, there has been a concerted and relentless effort to disparage, denigrate and obliterate the reputations, names, and brilliance of the academic artistic masters of the late 19th Century. Fueled by a cooperative press, the ruling powers have held the global art establishment in an iron grip. Equally, there was a successful effort to remove from our institutions of higher learning all the methods, techniques and knowledge of how to train skilled artists. Five centuries of critical data was nearly thrown into the trash. It is incredible how close Modernist theory, backed by an enormous network of powerful and influential art dealers, came to acquiring complete control over thousands of museums, university art departments and journalistic art criticism. We at the Art Renewal Center have fully and fairly analyzed their theories and have found them wanting in every respect, devoid of substance and built on a labyrinth of easily disproved fallacies, suppositions and hypotheses. If, dear reader, you are not already one of their propaganda successes, I encourage you to read on.

Against all odds, and in the face of the worst kind of ridicule and personal and editorial assault, only a small handful of well-trained artists managed to stay true to their beliefs. Then, like the heroes who protected a few rare manuscripts during inquisitional book-burnings of the past, these 20th Century art world heroes managed to protect and preserve the core technical knowledge of western art. Somehow, they succeeded to train a few dozen determined disciples.

Today, many of those former students, have established their own schools or ateliers, and are currently training many hundreds more. This movement is now expanding exponentially. They are regaining the traditions of the past, so that art may once again move forward on a solid footing. We are committed in every way possible to record, preserve and perpetuate this priceless knowledge…Read it all

Note: Human form vs. Exploitation. Lewd ‘artistic’ and photographic depictions of sexual activity (as opposed to time-honored classical still-life nudes and the like, depicting the human form) should in a sane world, says art critic and philosopher Roger Scruton among many others, be forbidden, not because sex is “dirty,” but because it is sacred, too near to the fire of God’s creating power to be so transgressed. It is also obviously wrong because of its promiscuous and / or adulterous “using” of another for profit, and makes the eliciting of lust to that end its only terminus. And it is little wonder this often leads its conscious victims later to the realization that they have been trashed, pimped for money; and in turn so often leads to disease, abortion and existential self-loathing.