The Joy of Painting - Netflix

Artist Bob Ross takes you to his magical world of happy trees and teaches the laymen step by step how to create wonderful works of art using his trademark wet-on-wet technique.

The Joy of Painting - Netflix

Type: Variety

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1983-01-11

The Joy of Painting - Bill Alexander (painter) - Netflix

William Alexander (2 April 1915 – 24 January 1997; born Wilhelm Alexander) known as Bill Alexander on his TV show; was a German painter, art instructor, and television host. He was the creator and host of The Magic of Oil Painting (1974-1982) television programs that ran on PBS in the United States. He wrote The Art of Bill Alexander (1987–1995), a series of books on wet-on-wet oil painting. He also taught the television painter Bob Ross the wet-on-wet technique.

The Joy of Painting - Television career - Netflix

Alexander is best known for the television program The Magic of Oil Painting (1974-1982), which ran on PBS in the United States. In the tv series The Art of Bill Alexander & Robert Warren (1984–1992), Alexander teamed with painters Lowell Speers, Robert Warren, Buck Paulson and Diane André. Alexander would introduce the episode, then hand it off to the hosting painter. This series is often erroneously listed either as a series of books or as a single documentary. TV host and prolific painter Bob Ross studied under Alexander, from whom he learned his wet-on-wet technique, a method of painting rapidly using progressively thinner layers of oil paint. Ross dedicated the first episode of the second season of The Joy of Painting to Alexander, explaining that “Years ago, Bill taught me this fantastic technique, and I feel as though he gave me a precious gift, and I'd like to share that gift with you [the viewer]”. As Ross's popularity grew, his relationship with Alexander became increasingly strained. “He betrayed me,” Alexander told the New York Times in 1991. “I invented 'wet on wet', I trained him, and ... he thinks he can do it better.” Art historians have pointed out that the “wet-on-wet” (or alla prima) technique actually originated in Flanders during the 15th century, and was used by Frans Hals, Diego Velázquez, Caravaggio, Paul Cezanne, John Singer Sargent, and Claude Monet, among many others.

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