When I first wrote about Russian-American painter Sergei Bongart back in January of this year, I was disappointed with the small number of his works that could be seen online.
Happily, Patricia Le Grand Bongart, Sergei Bongart’s wife and an accomplished artist herself, wrote at the time to tell us that there was both a web site and new book devoted to Sergei Bongart in progress.
The interesting title of the book comes from a quote from Bongart: “There are two kinds of artists, the emotional painter and academician. The academician can paint into old age sitting on his stool licking his canvas until 98 years of age. The emotional artist burns himself up; he does not live long. The academician always creates something acceptable, boring, but acceptable. The emotional artist often misses, but when he hits it is breathtakingly beautiful,… touched by the gods!”
In addition to the new book, there is a video of Patricia Bongart demonstrating the Bongart Method and an audio CD of Sergei’s classroom lectures (apparently in a fairly heavy accent).
The new web site features a gallery with about 60 works, including some by Patricia Le Grand Bongart. Of the works by Sergei, there is a wonderful variety, including life drawings and travel sketches in addition to his brilliantly colored landscapes and still life paintings.