Receive occasional e-mail updates regarding Aristos publication and other news.



Read exclusive Aristos-related content on art, music, and ideas. "Like" us and see our updates in your news feed.


Shopping at 1,400+ brand-name stores (including Amazon.com) benefits Aristos.

Your purchase of books and other merchandise benefits Aristos.


It's easy to make a direct contribution to the Aristos Foundation.

Aristos is published by The Aristos Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Copyright © 1982-2014

* "Reading Aristos has given me much pleasure and instruction."
* "At last I have read What Art Is from end to end. . . . You have done a splendid piece of work." - Jacques Barzun (1907-2012)

June 2014


Backyard, Summer, c. 1871-1879. Winslow Homer (1836-1910). Watercolor and pencil on paper, 6.63 x 11.25 in. (16.83 x 28.58 cm). Private collection.

Winslow Homer

Our Facebook page recently linked to the following images on the Homer Facebook page: Orange Tree, Nassau, 1885, and Mountain Climber Resting, 1869.

(You do not have to be a Facebook member to view these or other Facebook posts we cite. Look for the signature "A" logo for comments by Aristos Co-Editor Louis Torres. As always, other comments are also of interest.)

Bio and other paintings: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Wikipedia.

Remembering D-Day

* First Aid Station on the Beach, June 1944. Combat artist Mitchell Jamieson. Watercolor. (This image was our June 6 Facebook post in honor of those who fought for freedom in the invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944.) Read about this and many other battlefront paintings here.

Editors' note: We visited Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, and other D-Day sites in September 2012. It was one of the most moving experiences of our lives.


Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In, National Gallery of Art (through November 30). An exhibition featuring Wind from the Sea (1947) and other paintings of windows. Highly recommended.

A Caveat: Reporting that Wyeth "repeatedly described himself as an abstract painter," the National Gallery falsely claims that he was "as concerned with formal abstraction . . . as were his contemporaries" (in other words, actual abstract painters). Yet it further notes that he "employed abstract pictorial devices--including the window grid-- to help distill [his] compositions to their core emotion." Unlike Wyeth, however, abstract painters do not use "pictorial devices," because they do not paint pictures--that is, visual representations of things.

The Museum of Modern Art (which ought to know) defines abstraction as "the process of creating art that is not representational or based on external reality or nature." The National Gallery simply ignores this fundamental distinction.

Subscribe to Our Updates!

Connect with Us on Facebook!


Aristos (1982-1997)
About, sample articles, reviews, back issues. . .

What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (2000). Chapter Summaries, Reviews/Responses. . .

The Definition of Art (Ch. 6)

+Find Book in Libraries

What Art Is Online (2000-2003)
Supplement to What Art Is -- articles and excerpts

The Aristos Awards
Readings on Art Education

Terence Rattigan (1911-1977), British playwright
Jack Schaefer (1907-1991), author of Shane


Become an Aristos Sponsor! Connect with our discerning worldwide readership.

* Ann Long Fine Art
A leading gallery representing twenty-four of the best contemporary classically trained realist painters and sculptors. Thumbnail images, bios, and notices of shows.

* Farr Publications
Music study materials for string teachers and students by cellist and master teacher Faith Farr. Worksheets and integrated theory, performing, and rhythm assignments.

* Stephen Gjertson
The paintings, essays, and biography of a leading Classical Realist, whose work ranges from portraits and genre paintings to still lifes and landscapes. Books/Prints.

* Achilles International
An inspiring organization founded in 1983, dedicated to enabling people with disabilities to participate in long-distance-running events. Book: Go Achilles!