The Aesthetes probably portrays academics with whom Shane socialized when he was a University of Missouri professor. The painting represents the liveliness of academic gatherings while gently parodying "aesthetes" engaged in intellectual discourse. The central figure seems to be speaking or performing for five companions in a domestic setting.
Frederick E. Shane (American, 1906-1992)
Tempera and resin-oil on masonite
Gift of the artist
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"I still remember the feeling of awe and disbelief when I was alone and walked in the room with those casts." --Ruth Tofle, chair of architecture, winner of the 2013 distinguished faculty award from the MU Alumni Association