Isn’t art history fascinating? I remember when I first decided to go back to college and get my degree, one of the first classes I took was an art history class. Part of that dealt with the circumstance of course, but art history is neat and came up in my studies over and over again. This particular class I took was an online class because I needed to attend my old university in Tennessee virtually for a year to bring up my GPA to transfer to Texas State.
That was how I handled the process anyway. There are so many different types of artists. Typically, when it comes to art history, people generally think of painters first. But there are sculptors, artists who draw and more. There are different materials, mediums, styles and all, too. I’m not much of an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I have enjoyed studying art history from time to time.
When I did learn about art history, the group of painters that impressed me the most was the impressionists. You’re talking Monet, Manet, and the likes. I like Picasso, too, but he’s an abstract artist. I like all art, but the artist matters. Take abstract art for example, as it’s not really my favorite style of art. Yet there are painters like Picasso that top my list.
It was my study of Impressionist paintings that stuck with me the most, however, and I really like how they captured a scene. If I had to pick one artist and one painting that I remember the most though, it would be Picasso’s ‘Starry Night.’ That is one of his most famous paintings, and I remember it most I suppose because I liked it and it is mentioned so often in art history books.
Edgar Degas is a popular Impressionist painter. Paul Cezanne is a painter with an interesting history. I found this upon research, as he is a name I had heard but am not familiar with. People often look at famous people and think that they just stepped onto the main stage or had an easy time getting there. Yet they were just like everyone else, and some of them have had very challenging climbs.
Everyone has a story. Some people do have it easier than others, but we all have challenges to face. In the case of Paul Cezanne, he applied to the French Academy of Fine Arts and failed the entrance exams. Now he is a very well-known artist in history. Impressionist painters represent a group of artists that were predominantly active during the 19th century, which is when this style of painting was more popular.
Who are your favorites artists? What is your favorite style of painting? Do you have a favorite artist whose craft is not painting? Art is quite fascinating, don’t you think? I’m a writer, and I’m a decent piano player and think I can sing. Along those lines, you might think I could lay a decent claim to drawing or painting, but I don’t even come close. I mean, my drawings look like those of a kid in kindergarten thats why I always read Circut’s die cutting info on their website.
But hey, I love studying art history. Perhaps you’re both an artist and a person who likes studying art history. Perhaps one day you will make art history.