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?