“It is good to love many things, for therein lies true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent van Gogh
I see a lot of artists who just want to become artists. They believe novels simply get written, or that somehow they’ll magically get better at this. Many are reluctant to explore new possibilities or try new techniques… but that doesn’t make much sense.
I believe art to be the only reasonable way for us to venture beyond the limitations of our own world, and by doing so we reach the very essence of our humanity. We always feel close to figuring out some elusive answer to life’s most profound questions. Of course, we never do so, and that’s what keeps us going. Continue reading Art, Life, Love
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin was a French post-Impressionist artist. He quit his job at a bank in order to paint. He did not manage to gain the appreciation his works deserved, even though his style was innovative in terms of the colors used and quite the departure from Impressionism. Continue reading Showcase: Paul Gauguin
Leonardo DaVinci’s last words were:
I have offended God and Mankind by doing so little with my life.
We really are our worst critics, aren’t we? We see the worst in ourselves. We stare at a mirror and all we see staring us back are flaws an faults and mistakes and so, so much to regret.
But isn’t this what keeps us going?
Henri Émile Benoît Matisse was a French painter, often regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.
Le bonheur de vivre (1906)
Blue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra) – 1907
Portrait of Madame Matisse (1913)
The Dessert: Harmony in Red (1908)
Luxe, Calme et Volupté (1904)
Blue Nude II (1952)
The Snail (1953)
The Moroccans (1916)
Could art influence people in such a way that they start shooting each other? Do we absorb the violence we see in movies and video games? Do we try to apply what is made make-believe in the real world?
It really is fascinating to see that some people believe that we can’t really discern what’s real from what’s not, that we don’t understand that the general convention of art is that it’s not true. As close as art and the real life are, we know art only mimics real life. And it does show for a reason. To transmit a message. Continue reading Art and Violence
George Orwell. English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. A master of allegory, of being outspoken about issues such as social injustice, totalitarianism, and the importance of defending democratic principles.
Here are some interesting facts about the author of 1984. Continue reading Facts about George Orwell
Remember that time Damien Hirst put a dead shark in a tank and called it “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”?
Well…that’s what art critics said…anyone could have done it…
Yet no one until Hirst did it, right? Continue reading Modern Art