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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by haljarrett View Post
    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)
    That is what I used to think until I actually started looking at more of his art than just the most famous ones. The man was for lack of better words a genious. (That he also was a bit of a jerk is a whole different matter.

    His artistic journey is spectacular.
    You can find almost all of his artworks here.

    Here is a small selection

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    When it comes to Dali I admire his creativity and skills as a painter. He also has a great range of styles. (He made quite a few cubist paintings himself.)But when it comes to his most famous work like the clocks and the pompous surrealist landscapes something about them just seem gaudy and kitsch to me.
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    bah humbug!

    okay, granted I do like some of the more impressionist type stuff he produced, still not up there with my favourites though...

    Im interested as to how a surreal landscape can be pompous?

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    I appreciate clear and simple line drawing and sketches even more than before. It's like a short novels i like to read the most instead 300 page books which is often just stretched shorts, chapter after chapter.
    Same principle goes to 3d stuff as i'm doing 3d modelling and animation. i like to watch just plain 3d models with a simple gray material and simple hdri lightning, which gives good understanding of the style, form and effort. Less digital era "smoke and mirrors" in every year (post #15). 90% of commercial entertainment art looks the very same. In comps (front-, mid-, and background in thirds), color palettes, and even subject matters and storytelling. If u take 10 different Korean digital painters, you can see all these insane renderings, but can't tell the difference (in general speaking of course).

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    I had fresh appreciation for Picasso when I had to paint a cubist work for a school project. Cubism is way harder than it looks...especially making it look interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HonG-t View Post
    I had fresh appreciation for Picasso when I had to paint a cubist work for a school project. Cubism is way harder than it looks...especially making it look interesting.
    I think that part of what made his cubist work so great was that he was a great draftsman in general. It's not like he was painting in a cubism style because he couldn't draw things very realistically, you know? Some of his sketches are incredible. Like he was making the choice to do it a certain way.

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    I think my issue with Picasso (other than the aforementioned jerkiness) is that he tries a lot of different styles and movements on for size, but in each of those styles I have trouble locating what he has contributed of himself other than technique, if that makes sense?

    I can see some Surrealism as being a bit on the pompous side, sure. It's like, hey, everybody, come look at me and my psychological hangups and neuroses! They're special because I am an artist!

    Yeah, I really don't like Dali.

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    Sorolla, for one.

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    Or Craig Mullins.

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    When I first started all art was pretty much broken into two categories, art that looks like things and art that doesn't. And in all of those works I knew the things I liked. Now that I am developing my own artistic eye I can pull out more specific details or techniques in pieces to enjoy or critique. Therefor I may not like an artist but I do have an educated appreciation for elements in the piece.

    But there are so many artists now that are amazing for reasons that are much deeper because I am educated. And a deeper understanding and appreciation for good art leads to new discoveries of art almost everyday. But here are a few of my favorite.

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    I would have liked these before I knew anything about art because they are "pretty". But now I am blown away by them and could stare at the real thing until my legs gave out, then I would sit and study some more.
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    Lazar Markovich Lissitzky or any Russian constructavism in general, I'm going into graphic desing and when i first saw it I went " greaaaaat a circle in the middle of a page, art hauh?" but after educating myself on some good 'ol art history, damn.

    It made me really look at the design aspects we take for granted, the art was radically different from what came before it, and given the time period carried a ton of metaphors hidden within the designs.

    It wasn't the first instance of clean cut advert like commercial art, but it's pretty darn close to the birth of how our commercialized art looks like right now. For any history nerds out there I really recomend looking up the context behind russian constructivision design.

    Typography in general, Once you go through graphic design it's like taking the red start noticing letters EVERYWHERE, I've never been so happy or irritated at street side signs in my life.

    Also pointalism...oh look a bunch of dots.....alot harder than it looks, on the same thought imressionism, maybe Claude Monet's bridge over a pond of water lilies doesn't look too great...until you realize how big it is in reality( how can you make something so cool if you can't even see what you're doing as a whole?).

    I can go on for days....I'll let myself out.
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    Appreciate more: Monet, and lots of the impressionists and pointillists. They do some pretty interesting things with optical tricks! (See Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing — fascinating book, recommend to everyone.) Also Michelangelo, after seeing an exhibit of his sketches.

    Appreciate less: Leonardo da Vinci. Not because he wasn't incredible for his time, but because he was limited by the knowledge and technology of his time: it irks me when people say his work is better than modern artists just because he was an 'old master'. Give me Bouguereau over da Vinci any day.
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