Theme/Style Realism, Symbolism, figurative art, still lifes
Media Oils, illustrations
Artistic Focus Inspired by Romanticism in both literature and art, Buck applied the philosophy to his own work – work that was soon praised for its masterly ability, daring originality, excellent workmanship, and its richly-colored, highly decorative qualities. Although his Precisionist still lifes now are popular, Buck also is remembered for his Subjective Romantic and Symbolist paintings. Those works frequently present images of women and death, exploring the destructive potential of sexuality.
• At the age of 11, Claude Buck received
special permission from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in his native New
York City to copy paintings – an honor never before granted to someone
so young. Three years later, he passed the entrance exam for the National
Academy of Design, where he studied and taught for the next eight years.
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