Corbino: From Rubens to Ringling by Corbino, Jon; Londraville, Richard; Londraville, Janis;

By Corbino, Jon; Londraville, Richard; Londraville, Janis; Corbino, Jon

A biography of 1 of America's missed grand masters.

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At home, it was difficult to keep the peace between her son and her husband. Silent rebellion burned deep in the young boy who wished only that he and his mother were together again in Sicily. Gaetano was an interloper who had come into Jon’s life after he had been the chief focus of his mother’s attention for eight years, and the ordinary relationship of father to son became confused. It is much the same case for families of returning soldiers after a war. Suddenly a stranger walks in and assumes the role of alpha male.

Today, as in Corbino’s time, the school is noted for rigorous instruction in literature, theater, and the fine arts. Students were usually given American names so that they would blend in with others more quickly, and for the most part they adapted; but the challenges for the parents and grandparents were greater. Immigrant children were learning new ideas and a new language, while adults were struggling to find work. Public policy intended to stop the spread of diseases like tuberculosis became a concern to mothers Immigrant 13 and fathers who felt that their ability to raise their own children was being questioned.

An artist should make his own sort of art, he believed, but must first prove that he has the training and expertise that give him the authority to do so. He wanted to see in his students’ work the evolution of personal style. Born in Germany, Henry Fritz trained at the National Academy of Design (and won a Gold Medal when he later exhibited there), the Art Students League, and the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects. He was a teacher who was also an artist, participating in the same processes as his young students.

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