5/15/2012

Short Guide through History of Painting part no.1

As Mr.Erich Fromm has once said; "We all dream, we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds  when we are awake."
Pretty smart, don't you think ...

Only beings (such as humans and some kind of animals) with imagination can dream. To imagine means make an image- a picture - in our minds. But only and only people crave to share their imagination in pictures, sculptures, stories etc.
We have an urge to make art and this makes us very unique above all creatures across the world.

I think it's more than appropriate to skip all the prehistoric art-ancient-medieval art thing (later will be added an article about beautiful Renaissance) and stop our feet at the age of romanticism (just because this is my favourite one I want to start with). Might be better to say "stop our feet at Francisco Goya's front door". We are in 18o8 and this very Spanish painter, romantic heart and head, is forced to defend himself against the Inquisition because of the picture The Nude Maja. He has a thing for provocation and he paints what he sees. Therefore he secretly makes another one called The Clothed Maja. Right after both pictures are finished, he is ready to give these paintings to the most powerful count in country. Count Godoyo is also aware of the situation so he shows to his visitors the one or another according to their trustworthiness.

Guess trust issues have been a big problem since the ancient times ...




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