Robert J. Loescher – A Greater Art History Professor There Never Was!

Robert J. Loescher was the director for art history, theory and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was the most stimulating and illuminating professor of Art History that I have ever known.

As a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I majored in Drawing & Painting I took a number of Art History courses under professor Loescher. His classes were always sought after and you had to get in line early in hopes to get in.

As a senior editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica it went without saying that you knew that you were dealing with a first rank scholar. However, what one never knows is how good is the professor at delivery and instruction? You can be the greatest authority on a topic but if you fumble around and grope over papers you are of little value to your students. This was certainly not the case with professor Loescher!

If there is one word that I could use to describe professor Loescher (and there are many) I would say that he was inspiring! He possessed the uncanny ability to take his vast knowledge and delivery it to you in such a way that it all made sense. Further, professor Loescher had a gift for keep his students spell-bound. He was always up beat and jovial, it was common for him to make witty side commentaries such at turning the Pantheon into a disco when teaching on that subject, or his famous “more is more” in his Baroque Art History classes.

In my last year at the school I was one credit short for graduation and he gladly made arrangements for me to take his East Asian Art course for 4 credits and in turn I did a special project for him and on the last day of class gave my presentation to the class, which was on Japanese Art. I had lived in Japan for two years and had much to offer the class with my drawings and slides. Being a man of vision professor Loescher grasped this when I approached him and was pleased to be of assistance in helping me and at the same time offer something more to his students. He always put the students first and for that I am grateful and will always remember him. Because of professor Robert J. Loescher I was able to graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago!

Stephen F. Condren – Artist

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Metal Wall Art – Contemporary Elegance From Art History

Beautifully designed objects can help transform our interior surroundings into a venue for living and entertaining that expresses our personal taste and forms our own distinctive haven to share with family and friends. Interior decor and wall art help create a setting to engage conversation and a certain mood with ambience, which brings to life this wonderful space that is our home to share with those closest to us and like-minded friends. Wall accessories can complement the style of your home as well as providing an interesting piece of art that can be abstract, contemporary or traditional. Metal wall art has been used to convey artistic styles from different art periods and art movements in a way that can be attractive to appeal to the mood of popular culture within contemporary modern environments.

We have long adorned art on our walls to bring interior spaces to life. Traditionally in art history we were interested in art that gave a true representative picture of a subject or object. This type of art corresponded accurately to real objects such as animals, landscapes, architecture, dwellings and people. Steadily throughout the impressionist and modernist art eras with influences such as art nouveau, arts and crafts and more abstract art movements. We have of course seen the introduction of more conceptual and non figurative art as brought to us in the 20th Century. Abstract art allows free use of colour and shapes to entice our imaginations and emotions.

Art movements have influenced styles throughout different periods in history. Amongst other interior design accessories metal wall art can deliver different styles in designs to appeal to modern tastes. Contemporary styles depicts art of the present day with Modernist and Post Modern influences that overlap with these and other artistic movements. The boundaries today are challenged more readily and unapologetically. Abstract art could be seen as almost contradictory to more traditional designs, yet its value is now established and given recognition. As these designs and sculptures portrait what cannot be seen in an object, rather interpreted such as an emotions. The interior design and decor of a setting can adopt different styles such as traditional, Victorian, art deco or something that’s much more modern and contemporary in its styling. Whether abstract or traditional in design, interior decor can be used to bring a piece of art history to the decor of a home or work place with a measure of contemporary elegance.

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