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Cover of the fine art book "Stanley Roseman and the Dance - Drawings from the Paris Opera." Published by Ronald Davis, 1996.
9. Cover of the fine art book Stanley Roseman and the Dance - Drawings from the Paris Opéra.
Published by Ronald Davis, Paris, 1996.
Roseman and Davis have worked together from the 1970's. Over the years, Davis has had the pleasure of cordial relations with museum directors and curators acquiring Roseman's paintings, drawings, and engravings for their collections and exhibiting the artist's work in their museums. Davis is sincerely grateful for the gracious hospitality he has received at the museums and for the appreciation and enthusiasm for Roseman's work as expressed in letters of acquisition from museum directors and curators.
     Ronald Davis, born 1945 in Waterville, Maine, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College, where he studied English Literature, with a concentration in Shakespeare, Medieval Prose and Poetry, and Literary Criticism. From his research at the New York Pro Musica Society, Davis conceived and directed at Bowdoin a Medieval Pageant, which included productions of Everyman and the Wakefield Noah. The Pageant, complete with torchlight procession, musicians, jugglers, and mimes, was well received by the faculty and students, the public and the press and became an annual event at the college.
     At the American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, Connecticut, 1975, Davis enjoyed a close collaboration with the great American Shakespearean actor Morris Carnovsky in his acclaimed role as King Lear. Davis relates, "Having studied Shakespeare in college and having had the memorable experience of working with Sir Geraint Evans, who so marvelously brought to life the character of Falstaff in Verdi's opera, I was again privileged to experience Shakespeare through Morris Carnovsky's deeply moving portrayal of King Lear. I am delighted that Stanley had the opportunity to draw Morris at the American Shakespeare Festival, the result of which is 'a set of exquisite drawings of Morris Carnovsky as King Lear' " (Fantastic Shakespeare, 1978). (See "Biography" - Page 2. "Variety of Drawing Materials and the World of Shakespeare.")

7. At the entrance to the Albertina, Vienna,
the column with the exhibition posters
 Raphael in der Albertina and
Stanley Roseman - Zeichnungen aus Klöstern
,
1983.
     At Columbia University School of the Performing Arts, Davis did graduate studies in directing and theatre administration, and at the School of Visual Arts, also in New York City, he studied photography and filmmaking. Davis was awarded a New Jersey State Endowment on the Arts for his short subject about a teacher in a city school. Entitled A Day in the Life of Marty, the film, with a sound track of music by Gabriel Fauré and Francis Poulenc, was selected for showing in a series of evening lectures and programs on the performing arts at the Hudson River Museum, Westchester County. The publication Bolex Reporter in its section "The Creative Moviemaker'' relates the story and making of Davis' film and states that "the film is superb.''
13. Stanley Roseman painting a portrait of Frère André
in a Trappist monastery in France, 2002.
Photo by Ronald Davis
2. Ronald Davis (left), Richard Bonynge, Spiro Malas, and Dame Joan Sutherland at rehearsal for La Fille du Régiment, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1973.
     For the Lyric Opera of Chicago's twentieth anniversary season the following year, Davis resumed his responsibilities as stage manager and was assistant director to the Japanese director Yoshio Ayoama for Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Davis also enjoyed a close collaboration with Sir Geraint Evans, who directed and sang in Britten's Peter Grimes and Verdi's Falstaff, based on the misadventures of Shakespeare's amorous "fat knight,'' one of the most acclaimed roles sung by the celebrated Welsh baritone.
3. Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City.
 The banner announcing the exhibition
Stanley Roseman - The Performing Arts in America
at the Library and Museum for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, 1977.

     Davis, combining his studies in art history and his work in the performing arts, produced a major exhibition of Roseman's work on the occasion of the American Bicentennial. The exhibition included the artist's drawings created at dress rehearsals and performances by leading opera, theatre, and dance companies and his paintings, drawings, and engravings of the clowns of the famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
- Dr. Walter Koschatzky
  Director
  Graphische Sammlung Albertina
     Stanley Roseman - The Performing Arts in America opened at the Curtis Institute of Music in historic Philadelphia in December 1975 and toured the United States through 1976.
     The Performing Arts in America exhibition concluded its national tour at the Library and Museum for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, New York City, winter-spring 1977.
     Following the successful exhibition at Lincoln Center, Western Electric Company of AT&T requested to mount later that year at its Corporate Education Center, in Hopewell, New Jersey, an exhibition devoted to Roseman's work on the circus clown - "one of the glittering joys of all of our lives, whether we are young or old," states The New York Times. The superlative review is titled "Spirit of the Clown'' and subtitled: ''Paintings by Stanley Roseman glow with a shiny dignity.''
     The splendid oil on canvas painting of the young, white-face clown Keith Crary, whose portrait Roseman painted at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is reproduced here as featured in The New York Times review "Spirit of the Clown."
4. Keith Crary (detail), 1973
Oil on canvas, tondo, 60 cm
Private collection
Painting by Stanley Roseman of the reindeer herder Issat, Lappland, 1976, Private collection, Switzerland.
     The partnership of Roseman and Davis is further recounted on the web page "Biography" - Page 5 "The Saami People of Lappland,'' which speaks about their Lappland journey in 1976. Beyond the Arctic Circle, on the windswept tundra in the interior of Lappland, Roseman painted portraits of the Saami, a hardy, independent, reindeer herding people who maintain their centuries-old, nomadic way of life in one of the earth's harshest environments.
     The following year, Davis published Roseman's drypoint engravings The Saami People of Lappland to complement the artist's paintings. A portfolio of engravings is conserved in the Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels.
5. Issát (detail), 1976
Lappland
Oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm
Private collection, Switzerland

     Roseman and Davis began extensive travels to monasteries in Europe in the spring of 1978. The artist's work - "a sweeping artistic project," affirms the Los Angeles Times - brought Roseman and Davis to Benedictine, Cistercian, Trappist, and Carthusian monasteries of the four monastic Orders of the Western Church.
     Behind the monastery walls, Roseman painted portraits and made drawings of monks and nuns at prayer, work, and study. He drew them taking their meals in silence in the refectory and chanting the Psalms in choir in the early hours of dawn, throughout the day, and at Vigils in the night.
Drawing by Stanley Roseman, "Father Augustine in Choir," 1983, Trappist Abbey of Mellifont, Ireland, chalks on paper, Dallas Museum of Art.
     In the enlightenment of Vatican II, Roseman created a monumental and critically acclaimed ecumenical work of paintings and drawings on the monastic life - a life centered on contemplation and prayer.
6. Father Augustine in Choir, 1983
Trappist Abbey of Mellifont, Ireland
Chalks on paper,  50 x 35 cm
Dallas Museum of Art

 © Stanley Roseman
     The Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna's renowned museum containing one of the world's greatest collections of master drawings, presented in 1983 the first one-man show of drawings by an American artist with the exhibition Stanley Roseman - Zeichnungen aus Klöstern (Drawings from the Monasteries).
     Roseman, then 38-years old, was further honored by the Albertina opening the exhibition along with an exhibition of the museum's Raphael drawings on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's birth. (See Page 6 "The Monastic Life.")
     "You have delivered to me two drawings by Stanley Roseman, which I have acquired for the Albertina. I thank you and want to express my conviction that the artist is an outstanding draughtsman and painter to whom much recognition and success are due."
     Stanley Roseman and the Dance - Drawings from the Paris Opéra, a fine art book codesigned and published by Ronald Davis in 1996, presents the artist's work spanning six years at the Paris Opéra. Roseman drew in the dance studios and at dress rehearsals in the auditorium. As " 'an honorary member' of the ballet troupe,'' notes the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in a biographical essay on the artist,[2] Roseman was given the unprecedented privilege to draw during performances, night after night, from the wings of the famous stage of the Paris Opéra.
     On publication of Stanley Roseman and the Dance - Drawings from the Paris Opéra, Roseman received a thoughtful letter from the Administrator of the Paris Opéra Ballet, Bruno Hamard, whom the artist thanks in the Acknowledgement of the book: "Dear Stanley, I have been very touched by your book and by your dedication. It is a very beautiful book that is brilliant proof of your artistic talent and that splendidly contributes to our company's renown. It is for me to express to you our gratitude.''
     The Bibliothèque Nationale de France presented the exhibition Stanley Roseman - Dessins sur la Danse à l'Opéra de Paris at the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra, housed in the former Emperor's Pavilion in the Paris Opéra, Palais Garnier, on the gala occasion of the reopening of that world-famous opera house in March 1996.
10. Bibliothèque Nationale de France exhibition poster:
Stanley Roseman - Dessins sur la Danse à l'Opéra de Paris
,
featuring the drawing Charles Jude, "Swan Lake," 1994.
     The publication presents a selection of Roseman's drawings from productions of ballet and modern dance at the Paris Opéra, a biographical essay on the artist, and Davis' photograph reproduced here, (fig. 11), of Roseman drawing in the wings of the stage during a performance.
11. Stanley Roseman drawing the dance
from the wings of the stage of the Paris Opéra.
Photo by Ronald Davis
     Davis worked closely with Roseman and the administration of the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra in the preparation and realization of the exhibition.
Ronald Davis at the exhibition Stanley Roseman - Dessins sur la Danse à l'Opéra de Paris,
Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra, 1996.
The two drawings seen here are Nicolas Le Riche, (left),
and Kader Belarbi, (right), from the ballet The Four Seasons.
     During Roseman and Davis' sojourns in monasteries, Davis was given the opportunity to photograph Roseman drawing and painting. Davis' photographs have appeared in newspapers and journals worldwide, which published enthusiastic articles on Roseman and the diverse themes of his work. The articles speak warmly of the partnership of Roseman and Davis. The Sunday magazine of Jornal do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, 1980, published a feature story on Roseman, along with Davis' photographs of the artist and of monasteries in Italy and Spain, where the friends had sojourned during the previous two years.
     In the artist's ongoing work on the monastic life, Davis accompanied Roseman to monasteries in the late 1990's and into the first decade of the twenty-first century. Davis took a new series of photographs as well as video of the artist painting and drawing the monks.
     Landscape paintings and drawings comprise a major part of Roseman's oeuvre. Davis also has had the opportunity to take photographs and video of Roseman painting and drawing en plein air in different terrain in the changing seasons. Roseman's concentration on nature has resulted in a comprehensive oeuvre of beautiful landscapes. (See "Biography" - Page 9 "Landscapes.")
12. Stanley Roseman drawing Brother Albertus
in the kitchen of a Trappist monastery in Belgium, 1979.
Photo by Ronald Davis
     The Boston Globe Magazine recounts the first two years of Roseman and Davis' journey to monasteries throughout the British Isles and Continental Europe and notes in its reportage:
     The Uffizi, Florence, acquired the Roseman drawings for the museum's world-renowned collection of master drawings.
     For the Roseman exhibition, Davis worked closely with the Director of the Albertina, Dr. Walter Koschatzky. Davis enjoyed an amiable relationship with Dr. Koschatzky since the Museum's first purchase of Roseman's drawings in 1978. In a gracious letter, dated 5 November 1978, the eminent Director writes to Davis:
 © Stanley Roseman
Poster to the exhibition "Stanley Roseman - Dessins sur la Danse a l'Opera de Paris," presented by the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, 1996.
Ronald Davis
"Stanley Roseman's drawings show the many facets of his great talents as a draughtsman.''
- Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Ronald Davis at the exhibition "Stanley Roseman - Dessins sur la Danse à l'Opéra de Paris," Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra, 1996.
 © Ronald Davis
     The author of this website would like to take this opportunity to express his sincere gratitude for the gracious hospitality received over the years from museum directors and curators acquiring Roseman's work.
Ronald Davis presenting Stanley Roseman's beautiful portrait of the celebrated Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown Frosty Little to the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, 1984. Photo courtesy of the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux.
     The Bibliothèque Nationale de France praises the artist for his "magnificent drawings" and affirms: "Stanley Roseman's drawings show the many facets of his great talents as a draughtsman."[3] (See the web page "Exhibition Bibliothèque Nationale de France.")
 Photo courtesy of
 the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux.
    "Photographing Stanley drawing and painting," relates the author of this website, "I was privileged to be present during the creative process and thereafter to see those and related works by him acquired for museums and private collections and praised in thoughtful letters from collectors and museum directors and curators."
     Roseman's paintings and drawings accompanied by Davis' photographs were also published in cover stories in the Sunday magazines of Aftonbladet, Stockholm, 1980, and The Boston Globe, 1981, which included Davis' photographs of Roseman drawing monks at prayer and at work.
     The Bibliothèque Nationale de France in the exhibition publication graciously acknowledges "Ronald Davis, for his invaluable assistance."[4]
     The photograph is from Davis' series of photographs of Roseman drawing the dance at the Paris Opéra.
    "The measure of their acceptance can be seen in the invitation that closed the circle. While most monasteries are closed to visitors at Christmas and Easter, a private time for the monks, the Abbot of St. Augustine's Abbey in Ramsgate, England, called to ask the Americans to spend Christmas with them.''
    "I also have had the great pleasure of seeing works by Stanley of individuals I had come to know enter museum collections, as when the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, acquired in 1984 the beautiful portrait of the celebrated American circus clown Frosty Little, a long-time friend of the artist. The acquisition of Frosty Little was also significant as the Bordeaux Museum had presented the exhibition Les Arts du Théâtre de Watteau à Fragonard, 1980. The Clown is an important subject in French literature and art." (See "Biography" - Page 4 "Spirit of the Clown.")
8. Ronald Davis presenting to the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, in 1984, Roseman's beautiful painting Frosty Little, a portrait of the famous clown of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
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Painting by Stanley Roseman of the circus clown Keith Crary (detail), © Stanley Roseman, 1973. Featured in "The New York Times" review entitled "Spirit of the Clown" and subtitled "Paintings by Stanley Roseman glow with a shiny dignit
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    In her autobiography Joan Sutherland writes of the Lyric Opera's production of La Fille du Regiment: "Rehearsals went very smoothly and we opened on October 20 to more rave reviews for all . . . .''[1]
      In the autumn of 1973 Davis took on the position of stage manager and assistant director at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, one of the world's leading opera houses. Davis had the great pleasure of working with Dame Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, and Alfredo Kraus for Donizetti's spirited La Fille du Régiment, directed by Sandro Sequi from Milan's La Scala.
     Davis was first assigned the French opera repertory as he spoke French. His maternal ancestry dates back to the seventeenth century, from Charente, Aveyron, and Paris, specifically St. Eustache parish in the center of the City. For Lyric Opera's presentation of Massenet's Manon, starring Teresa Zylis-Gara, Davis was stage manager and assistant to the director Paul-Emile Deiber of the Comédie Française. Lyric Opera's 1973 season included Bizet's Carmen.
     Davis also worked that season with Luciano Pavarotti and Ileana Cotrubas in Puccini's La Bohème, conducted by Lyric Opera's Artistic Director Bruno Bartoletti.
Ronald Davis (left), Richard Bonynge, Spiro Malas, and Dame Joan Sutherland at rehearsal for “La Fille du Regiment,” Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1973.
  © Ronald Davis
1. Joan Sutherland,  A Prima Donna's Progress: The Autobiography of Joan Sutherland (London: Orian Books Ltd, 1997), p. 263.
2. Stanley Roseman - Dessins sur la Danse à l'Opéra de Paris - Drawings on the Dance at the Paris Opéra (text in French and English),  
   (Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 1996), p. 12.
3. Ibid., p. 12.
4. Ibid., p. 15.
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     NBC Television News announced The Performing Arts in America exhibition with an enthusiastic reportage of Roseman at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and an interview with the artist in the Main Gallery of the Lincoln Center Museum. Praising Roseman's work on the subject of the circus clown, NBC Television News stated: "These are clown portraits that look behind the greasepaint." The Performing Arts in America exhibition generated unprecedented attendance at the Library and Museum for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, and was extended two weeks beyond its scheduled two-month run. (See "Biography" - Page 3 "The Performing Arts in America Exhibition" and Page 4 "Spirit of the Clown.")
     A large banner in Lincoln Center Plaza announced the Roseman exhibition. That was the first time a banner for an art exhibition had been displayed in the Plaza of the world-renowned cultural center that incorporates the Metropolitan Opera House, New York State Theatre, Philharmonic Hall, and the Library and Museum for the Performing Arts.
    "The moments Roseman has captured are many and varied," states The Saratogian, Saratoga, New York, "and a walk through the exhibition is a trip through what will be our cultural heritage."
     During the national tour, recent paintings and drawings by Roseman were added to the exhibition. Included were drypoint engravings that The Times, London, praised as "a stunning series of engravings entitled 'Clowns.' '' Davis published the engravings in 1976. Portfolios of Clowns - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; and the Library and Museum for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center.
     Acquiring the book for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Madeleine M. Nichols, Curator of the Dance Collection, writes in an enthusiastic letter to Davis: "The book is an extremely handsome presentation of Mr. Roseman's drawings of the Opéra dancers, and the exhibition that is commemorated by the poster must have been a special occasion.''
At the entrance to the Albertina, Vienna, the column displaying the posters announcing the museum's exhibitions "Raphael in der Albertina" and "Stanley Roseman - Zeichnungen aus Klostern," 1983. Photo by Ronald Davis.
     Davis has also enjoyed cordial and ongoing relations with private collectors, who have been graciously hospitable and equally enthusiastic in acquiring Roseman's work.
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14. Stanley Roseman drawing in an orchard in France, 2009. Photo by Ronald Davis
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Lincoln Center Plaza with the banner announcing the exhibition "Stanley Roseman - The Performing Arts in America" at the Library and Museum for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1977.
Stanley Roseman drawing a Belgian Trappist monk in the kitchen. Photo by Ronald Davis.
     In its review, The New York Times makes special mention of "this exhibition effectively organized by Ronald Davis.''
     The Peabody Museum, Yale University, and Ronald Davis presented in 1977 the exhibition The Saami People of Lappland. "The excellent exhibit,'' writes The Morning Record & Journal, Meriden, Connecticut, featured Roseman's life-size, oil on canvas portraits, "each strong expressive and individual.'' The Times, London, states: "The Saami paintings are magnificent.''
     Spanning the years, Roseman's work includes monks and nuns of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran faiths in more than sixty monastic communities throughout Europe.
     The Times, London, states in its laudatory review:  ''No one, I believe, in 1,500 years of Christian monachism has catalogued, defined and described so clearly or so beautifully the business of the monastic life. No writer, no sculptor, no painter, no architect has refined a distillation so pure, so accurate, so breathtakingly clear as Roseman has done.''
     Davis took honor courses in art history at Bowdoin College with the distinguished Chairman of the Art Department and Winslow Homer scholar Professor Philip C. Beam, from whom Davis received high commendation and encouragement to pursue a career in the arts.
     Davis' early career included work in theatre and feature films. During the summer of 1973, Davis was production assistant to David Lloyd, General Director of the Lake George Opera Festival.
     The exhibition presented "a hundred magnificent drawings from the artist's oeuvre on the dance," states the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in its exhibition publication Stanley Roseman - Dessins sur la Danse à l'Opéra de Paris / Drawings on the Dance at the Paris Opéra (text in French and English).
Stanley Roseman drawing in the wings of the Paris Opera. Photo by Ronald Davis.
 © Photo by Ronald Davis
Stanley Roseman painting a portrait of Frère André in a Trappist monastery in France, 2002. Photo by Ronald Davis.
 © Photo by Ronald Davis
Stanley Roseman drawing in an orchard in France, 2009. Photo by Ronald Davis.
 © Photo by Ronald Davis