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    Classic artists that everyone should see?

    Well I'm largely a self taught artist so I kind of feel like I have gaps in my art knowledge and I'd really like to expand my "horizons" so to speak. Do you guys have any suggestions on classic artists that everyone should know at least a bit of their art?

    Or am I being stupid and should just forget about other people's work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minto View Post
    Or am I being stupid and should just forget about other people's work?
    No, not unless you really want to reinvent the wheel.

    A basic knowledge of art history is always a good idea.

    Knowledge in general will usually be a good thing.

    Edit: I see that your background is in music, what would you think of an electric guitarist who didn't know who Jimi Hendrix was?
    History is important.

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    See if you can find a relatively cheap, used copy of Janson's History of Art, Gardner's Art through the Ages, or a similar introductory art history textbook.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flake View Post
    No, not unless you really want to reinvent the wheel.

    A basic knowledge of art history is always a good idea.

    Knowledge in general will usually be a good thing.

    Edit: I see that your background is in music, what would you think of an electric guitarist who didn't know who Jimi Hendrix was?
    History is important.
    Yeah exactly I was thinking that if I hadn't looked up all the great guitarists like Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmoore, Joe Satriani then I wouldn't have had the techniques that influenced my style so I figured the same should be in the art factor and that's why I figured I should open my eyes beyond cartoon stylized art.

    I'm looking at this William Bouguereau fellow and his oil canvas painting are crazily life like it's pretty amazing

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    David Pipers Illustrated History of art has loads of pictures, used copies for $2

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Illustrated-...6850473&sr=8-4

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    Ooh yeah does anyone know any books that feature Michael Angelo and Raphael and those other old arty fartie's drawings and sketches? I kind of remember Villpu talking about looking at their art and especially the sketches to see how they initiated the creation of their art.

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    ^ and there u have it lol

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    Alright, now we're getting somewhere. Since we have a reference point, we can throw out more artists in that general ballpark..

    You seem to like Bouguereau, check these guys out..

    -Leighton
    -Sargent
    -Alma-Tadema
    -Waterhouse
    -Gerome
    -Zorn
    -Tissot
    -Bastien-Lepage
    -Whistler
    -Godward
    -Ingres
    -Boldini
    -Sorolla
    -Rossetti
    -Dewing
    -Dicksee
    -Thayer
    -Millais
    -Merrit-Chase
    -Henri
    -Burne Jones
    -Cadogan Cowper

    And some not dead guys working in a kinda realist style..

    Jeremy Lipking
    Sean Cheetham
    Eric Hammer
    Scott Burdick
    Richard Schmid
    Casey Baugh

    Note: this is nothing like a list of classic artists, it's a bunch of people who might appeal to someone who likes Boogie..

    If you want to see old school badassery...

    -Rembrandt He pretty much turns up, smears some coloured dirt around then makes everyone else look incompetent for a few hundred years. Rembrandt is Jimi, or Les Paul or Jimmy Page. You need to see them up close to understand why he rules.
    -Velasquez, same
    -Vermeer, see above

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    How could I have forgotten Gombrich's Story of Art. Not a ton of pictures by today's standards, but probably still the most accessible introductory survey.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flake View Post
    -Rembrandt He pretty much turns up, smears some coloured dirt around then makes everyone else look incompetent for a few hundred years. Rembrandt is Jimi, or Les Paul or Jimmy Page. You need to see them up close to understand why he rules.
    Haha I actually went to a few art museums in Prague and Vienna but at that time I wasn't too into developing myself as an artist so I was just like oh look that's pretty nifty. Kinda want to go back for a second viewing to see if I see all the art there with new eyes.

    Oh yeah and I checked out Rembrandt and I saw this on Wikipedia
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...osses_1653.jpg
    Have to say I really like that! It's pretty metal! For some reason the etchings that he does really stand out to me and the colours in some of his painted works.

    I really appreciate the time you're taking to help a little art n00bie find out some cool d00ds to aspire to, thanks alot!

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    Rembrandt is one of the best printmakers ever.
    They're usually totally overlooked because his oil painting is just so stupid, bullshit, ridiculously good.

    Like, if Mike Tyson was really good at decorative quiltmaking or something, nobody would ever really notice because we associate him with smacking people in the face...

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