Bill Alexander (painter)

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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.wikipedia
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The Magic of Oil Painting

He was the creator and host of The Magic of Oil Painting (1974–82) television series that ran on PBS in the United States.
The Magic of Oil Painting is an American half-hour instructional television show hosted by painter Bill Alexander which ran from 1974 until 1982 on PBS, produced by member station KOCE in Huntington Beach, California.

Bob Ross

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He also taught the television painter Bob Ross the wet-on-wet technique.
Ross was working as a part-time bartender when he discovered a TV show called The Magic of Oil Painting, hosted by German painter Bill Alexander.

The Joy of Painting

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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]".
The program followed the same format as its predecessor, The Magic of Oil Painting, hosted by Ross' mentor Bill Alexander.

Wet-on-wet

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He wrote The Art of Bill Alexander (1987–95), a series of books on wet-on-wet oil painting. 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.
The wet-on-wet practice was the primary method of painting used by such television artists as Emmy award winner Bill Alexander, Lowell Spears, Buck Paulson, Diane Andre, American artist Bob Ross, Robert Warren, Wilson Bickford (Painting with Wilson Bickford), Brandon Thomas (Painting With Magic) and many more.

Germany

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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.

Painting

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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.

Visual arts education

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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.

Television

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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.

PBS

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He was the creator and host of The Magic of Oil Painting (1974–82) television series that ran on PBS in the United States.

Oil painting

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He wrote The Art of Bill Alexander (1987–95), a series of books on wet-on-wet oil painting.

East Prussia

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Bill Alexander was born in East Prussia (in what is now Poland).

Berlin

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His family fled to Berlin during World War I.

Wehrmacht

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Apprenticed as a carriage maker, Alexander was drafted into the Wehrmacht during World War II.

World War II

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Apprenticed as a carriage maker, Alexander was drafted into the Wehrmacht during World War II.

The New York Times

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In a 1991 interview with The New York Times, Alexander said of Ross, "He betrayed me. I invented 'wet on wet'. I trained him, and he is copying me -- what bothers me is not just that he betrayed me, but that he thinks he can do it better."

Frans Hals

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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.

Diego Velázquez

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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.

Caravaggio

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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.

Paul Cézanne

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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.

John Singer Sargent

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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.

Claude Monet

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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.