Oil Painting Without Drawing™
The Art of Tonal Impressionism by Dominic Vignola
History of the Method

In the 16th century, the Venetian painter, Titian was the first artist to abandon drawing on canvas in favor of a purely tonal, massive approach to oil painting.  Artists of the 17th century who used this method include Rembrandt and Frans Hals and perhaps the greatest practitioner of tonal painter; Diego Velázquez.  Later artists who painted tonally include the 18th century Scottish portrait painter Henry Raeburn, the still-life painter, Chardin, and the landscape artists Corot and Constable.  The 18th century produced many fine tonalists such as John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Giovanni Boldini, Antonio Macinini, and Joaquin Sorolla.  Chicago artist Joseph Allworthy (1892-1991) was the mentor and teacher who passed on the legacy of tonal painting to Dominic Vignola.






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