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    Which artists do you appreciate now that you get art?

    I've encountered something really interesting lately, was wondering if anyone felt the same way.

    As I get better at making art and learn to really see and read other people's artwork, it's been changing my perception of a lot of artists held in high regard by the "art establishment", so to speak. Which is not a huge deal on its own, really - until it comes to quite a few artists I started out completely disliking, and I am now forced to admit that yes, they really were all that and a bag of chips.

    For me it was these two:

    1. Mr. Van Gogh. I'm a bit ashamed of this one, and I think partially it's because images in books and online don't do his work justice, you really have to see them up close to appreciate how insanely awesome his colors and brushwork are.

    2. Gustav Klimt. I don't like the Kiss, never have and probably never will. After I saw Danae and his stuff for the University of Vienna (which was a bit ahead of his time and so sadly got rejected) I was in love with this guy. See here -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klimt_U...ling_Paintings

    Partially, it's probably once the mystery of "how the hell did he make it look like the real thing" is gone, you start to look for other things to appreciate in art, and maybe the things you admire say something about you as an artist.

    So I'm really curious if other people feel the same way, and if so, which artist did you start seeing in a new light once you really got into that whole art thing?
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    Cezanne - I never understood the fuss about him until I saw a real one. It sort of felt like a sledgehammer bashing my head.

    Holbien was another.
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    Just about every artist ever. Before I started learning to draw my reaction was, "Oh, look, a vase of flowers. Boring." These days, I stare at that very same vase of flowers and start losing my shit about colours and reflective lighting and composition and value.

    And brush strokes.

    I hated brush strokes before I became an artist and now they're usually what I love most about a piece.
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    Black Spot - I am totally on the same page about Cezanne. Wne you get to see one of those still lives, up close, they are so gorgeous.

    Umbravita - I've learned to appreciate more "mundane" subjects more, that's for sure. When you think about it, it's much harder to make really interesting artwork when you're using a subject most people take for granted!
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    That sounds like my case, I also remember being impressed by overly-rendered stuff. Now I prefer painterly finish.

    For me the the brush strokes feel like notes of a music piece: They have a rhythm on their own and some artist know how to put them in the right spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Spot View Post
    Cezanne - I never understood the fuss about him until I saw a real one. It sort of felt like a sledgehammer bashing my head.
    Kinda felt the same when I went to the British Museum and looked at ancient Assyrian sculpture and reliefs.

    I saw Tekkonkinkreet on the TV a couple of days ago. When I was younger I probably would've though it was lazily drawn, but now it's like it... goes straight to the essence, or something.

    As for 'proper' painters...

    Just about every artist ever. Before I started learning to draw my reaction was, "Oh, look, a vase of flowers. Boring." These days, I stare at that very same vase of flowers and start losing my shit about colours and reflective lighting and composition and value.

    And brush strokes.
    Yeah, that. I feel more sympathetically inclined towards impressionists, too.
    ...which is only my opinion.
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    i am amazed how many great artists there are from the past that i never heard of til i started studying more seriously.
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    for me it was the opposite. How many artists did I see were really crap once I got art. The list is too long to write down but it covers quite a few famous artists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    for me it was the opposite. How many artists did I see were really crap once I got art. The list is too long to write down but it covers quite a few famous artists.
    My interest is piqued. Would love to hear some names and why they're overrated according to you. The more controversial, the better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    for me it was the opposite. How many artists did I see were really crap once I got art. The list is too long to write down but it covers quite a few famous artists.
    I wouldn't say this happened with famous artists for me, but I had that happen too. There are some artists who are obviously superior to me in skill, but they'll do this *one thing* that makes me cringe. Like, their colours will be terrible (glazing done badly is usually it), or they'll go overboard with a soft brush, but I wouldn't have noticed before then because they're so good at everything else.
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    Oh, if we're talking the other way around, I really don't like Picasso... Or most of Dali, most of his public appeal seems to come from massive attention-whoring. If you read up on him a bit more, he's literally the Lady Gaga of the art world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Envisualist View Post
    Oh, if we're talking the other way around, I really don't like Picasso... Or most of Dali, most of his public appeal seems to come from massive attention-whoring. If you read up on him a bit more, he's literally the Lady Gaga of the art world.
    It is funny you should mention those two. I clicked on the thread to say that I have gained a lot more appreciation for Picasso. I didn't get what people saw in his art. (I'm more interested in his body of works than individual pieces though.)

    In contrast I loved Dali years ago, but now I don't care for the bulk of his art at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frida Bergholtz View Post
    It is funny you should mention those two. I clicked on the thread to say that I have gained a lot more appreciation for Picasso. I didn't get what people saw in his art. (I'm more interested in his body of works than individual pieces though.)

    In contrast I loved Dali years ago, but now I don't care for the bulk of his art at all.

    Dali was incredible, one in a million. That's my take on it-you can get technical skill with hard work, but that sort of mind is just rare.

    Still think picasso was massively overrated-to me he just basically nicked simplistic tribal art and brought it to the west with a huge pricetag, also dont appreciate the precedent he set by doing it.(its not that there isnt a place for this, just that it didnt have to override everything else to the extent which it did,and kind of does)

    If anyone wants to post a picasso that will take my breath away-go for it and prove me wrong

    Interestingly I havent read it, but heard that in Dalis book of his process he did slate picasso,stating that mimicking reality should be the goal.

    Back on topic, I guess pretty much all of the old masters I appreciated greatly before I got into learning art, and still do, possibly more so than I did. And as tastes grow, sadly I have gone off almost all digital work-there are exceptions but its just how I feel on the whole.

    The impressionists have grown on me hugely, something pretty special about that work, oh, one guy who I personally think is highly underrated now is mucha- the guy was just spectacular, not sure if there is an artist alive now who could pull of the slav epic...

    Also,I think beksinski should have been a household name like the above-and he probably would have been if he was born in the states, or the uk...
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