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Richard F. Lack was one of the most important artists of the last half of the 20th century. Over the span of 63 years he completed more than 1,100 paintings, drawings, sketches, studies, etchings, woodcuts and watercolors. Early on in his career he received 34 Gold Medals, Best of Show, People’s Choice awards and several scholarships for his atelier.

During the 24 years he ran Atelier Lack he taught 99 students, many of them now with successful careers. He wrote more than 30 articles about painting, was the editor of Realism in Revolution: The Art of the Boston School, and the author of On The Training of Painters, which was reprinted in eight editions. He participated in over 87 exhibitions throughout the United States, and had more than 190 articles written about him in fine arts publications, magazines and newspapers.

While the prolific number of works he completed in all genres places him in the upper echelons of 20th century artists, his research and preservation of the Atelier method of training aspiring painters underscores his historical significance and sets him apart.

Today one can find countless numbers of ateliers around the United States and the world. One can make a case that this wouldn’t be so if Atelier Lack had never existed. Lack’s contributions to the reemergence of traditional painting and its current public appeal is without question.

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