Art has been practiced by humans since thousands of years ago; we have remaining samples of paintings in caves and walls, stone carvings and many objects. The main characteristic of Art as opposed to the manufacture of everyday objects is that, were those have a definite USEFUL purpose, Art doesn't seem to. I'll explain.Making a tool to obtain food is an obvious useful activity. Spending a great deal of time and effort in "decorating" that tool doesn't seem to have an obvious purpose. And yet, humans have been doing so for thousands of years.Why? Probably we shall never know. But there is something inherent in human beings that make us do so.There is magic in creating, in transforming a piece of clay into a "thing" that resembles something else, in spreading paint over a stone wall and making images appear,images that other members of the tribe recognise and relate to.
That is why I paint. Because painting appeals to the magic unknown of human nature.
In European Art, mainly since the Renaissance (XV c. onwards), Artists strived to attain a representation of the visual reality as close to an optical view as possible; the Artists became very concerned with creating an effect that faithfully reproduced the visual reality.It is what we now call "realism".Great masterpieces were created; Velazquez, Rubens,Rafael...etc The more "real" an image became the more admired the artist.Portrait played a great part in ...
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