"Victor Wang - Memoir of Sunflower",
"Three Major Traditional Techniques of Oil Painting" - Victor Wang
Victor Wang - Memoir of Sunflower
This book is Victor Wang's most recent works, featuring his sunflower series paintings in the last decade.
Format: Paperback / 11 x 11 in / 72 pages /63 color
Publication Date: 12-2-2009
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Three Major Traditional Techniques of Oil Painting (in Chinese)
Written by Victor Wang
Published by National Museum of History (Taiwan)
years of working with the oil medium, I realize the best way to teach students
the technique of oil painting is to start from the traditional approach.
By doing this, it provides a student with a complete picture of the origin,
development, and evolution of the technique of oil painting, but also makes
them appreciate the special care and deliberate attentiveness taken by the
old masters toward their work to achieve that mysterious beauty in their
masterpieces. The deep appreciation and the thorough knowledge of the classical
tradition will allow students to handle any of his or her creative ideas
with a unique sense of freedom. I have carried this concept in my teaching
at Fontbonne University in St. Louis since 1993, and have observed evident
growth of my students, either in their understandings of oil painting as
an artistic medium, or in the application of their own paintings. These
experiences reinforce my confidence in the approach.
The major sources of the teaching materials come from many books I have on these topics, and my experiences. My students have frequently suggested that I compile the class notes into a book so the information would be available to more people. These suggestions motivated me to start organizing the materials and recording my teaching experiences.
Most books I have read about the traditional techniques are either too theoretically oriented or too personalized to offer any objective and useful analysis. Therefore, my goal in writing this book is to successfully blend together the theoretical basis and the practical applications.
I arranged the three chronologically. The first technique, "painting in layers", was first employed by Jan van Eyck. The second one, "Glazing", was perfected by Titian. These two techniques are referred to as "indirect methods", because the effect was achieved not by one direct application, but by many applications of layering and glazing. The third technique, "Alla Prima" was first experimented by Rubens and is, different from the other two, a direct method. Without layers or multiple glazing, the effect was accomplished by only one application of the technique.
Styles resulted from these three techniques, each with its own distinct characteristic, are vastly different. Since the later techniques have inevitably inherited something from the previous ones, the evolutionary traces are nonetheless quite apparent. This interconnectedness among the three thus warrants a systematic study of them as a group.
These three techniques have dominated the Western art history for a long time. Not till the rise of Impressionism in 19th century when artists started to search for something fundamentally different.
In this book, I used my own works and examples in my teaching to illustrate the whole execution process of these three techniques: from the preparation of the painting panels, all the way to the result. I hope this presentation will provide the readers with a full understanding and appreciation of all these three traditional painting techniques.
Each chapter, devoted
to one specific technique, is composed of four major parts:
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