Robert Flynn JOHNSON

Contemplating Character Book Signing

Robert Flynn JOHNSON

Robert Flynn Johnson



Join us for a book-signing in celebration of the publication of

Contemplating Character: Portrait Drawings And Oil Sketches From Jacques-Louis David To Lucian Freud
Robert Flynn Johnson


Wednesday, August 1, 2018
5:30-7:30 PM


Cintemplating Character: Portrait Drawings and Oil Sketches from Jacques-Louis David to Lucian Freud explores the evolution of portraiture from the end of the 18th century until the present. In contrast to portraiture as the tired flattery of the rich and powerful, the invigorating new movements of Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism that took hold of art at the end of the 18th century and into the 19th century were the result of a desire for a sense of "unvarnished truth," and a more honest and gritty incisiveness of depiction emerged. By the 20th century, the hallmark of the portrait was individuality; the sense of “personality” was primary, whether stylistically Post-Impressionist, Expressionist, Surrealist, or Realist. 


Contemplating Character, clothbound, 160 pages, 
published by Landau/Denenberg, will be available for purchase.


For further information or to order a copy of the book call 415-541-0461