Beyond Realism

Mural Painting may safely be called the most exacting, as it certainly is the most complicated, form of painting in the whole range of art; its scope includes figure, landscape, and portrait; its practice demands the widest education, the most varied forms of knowledge, the most assured experience.

These are the opening words from Mural Painting In America, a 1913 publication written by painter and muralist, Edwin Howland Blashfield. Not only an erudite overview of the history of art, it is a practical manual for every student of art who aspires to the highest goals of traditional painting and perhaps more importantly, a much needed optimistic vision of the possibilities that lie waiting to be discovered within the future of Art.

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