Friday, February 19, 2010

An Artist Says To Like What You Like

"Don't follow the critics too much. Art appreciation, like love, cannot be done by proxy: It is a very personal affair and is necessary to each individual."

Robert Henri (1865-1929) was a painter who studied in Europe and America. He also founded what is known as the 'Ashcan School' --with a showing of great artists he felt that the National Gallery of Art ignored-- and therefore "ash-canned". He was also a teacher. A collection of his sayings from letters, pamphlets, classes, and other places is continually in publication. It's called The Art Spirit. The quote is from page 126.

Portrait of Carl Sprinchorn (1910) 24 x 20 inches. By Robert Henri. You can see he studied the Impressionists, but somehow loved the dark tones of Velasquez and Rembrandt too much to stay in the pastel-colored world. At Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.


Unknown said...

Hello Ann, Happy Friday to you! Go to this blog and read the entry from January 19, 2009. (about 3/4 down the page)

Guess who that artist/teacher was who told him to not follow the beaten path??

Ann T. said...

Dear peedee,
No kidding! Wow! A good art teacher! The best ones I had always encouraged everyone to find their own method of seeing, using their own gestures, and so forth.

Wow, wow, wow! You should post one of Geza's works on your blog! I'd love to see it!

Happy Friday to YOU too,
Ann T.

Unknown said...

lol, We have a ton of paintings and sculptures at home. Maybe I'll take some pics this weekend and do a post. My pop pop was the bomb. You'd have loved him. So debonair and utterly European. And from what I hear, the ladies litteraly swooned over him. ;)

The Observer said...

Ann T

What a great quote!

Have you ever noticed that movie critics will absolutely pan some movie, and then people will go out and see it in droves? Not only that, the movie will sell well for several weeks, reflecting word of mouth advertising ("Hey you have to see ____; it's awesome!) which means that the people who saw it liked it. I laugh when this happens. The reverse happens too, when people go out in the first couple weeks to see a critically acclaimed picture when it first starts showing, then there is no business after that. People go out and tell their friends that the movie was terrible, and not many want to see it any more.

The critics can be helpful guides, but in the end, it's whether or not the work of art hits a chord in the viewer/listener/reader.

The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear peedee,
Do it if you can! I know it will be work to get a good photo, but I am very interested.

Dear The Observer,
You are very right!
And just to add;
In the art world, with a lot of the contemporary art, I frequently find the critic's gyrations to make it meaningful to be far more of a fabrication than the art people are looking at. Ha ha! The emporer's new clothes . . .

Ann T.