Re: Artist/craftsman

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 9, 2002 at 11:10:52:

In reply to: Re: Artist/craftsman posted by Sarah Jasmijn on July 9, 2002 at 08:49:18:

: It
: would depend a lot on how snobbish they are about the
: art/craft divide, for one thing. I think that schism is
: pretty recent, and very western.

The finest artists have been very aware that they were first and
foremost, craftsmen, and they were never too snobbish to take risks or
try new things, nor too proud to get down and dirty and do a hard
day's work. They had bills to pay, work to do, and art was their trade
...... right up there with stonemasons, tailors, potters, glassblowers
..... but if their personal level of talent, creativity could also
carry keen intelligence and observation, that made the difference
between a daub and a Da Vinci, a hut and a cathedral, a caftan and a
coronation gown. Often, what designates their work as art is the test
of time, and as ephemera, henna couldn't fall into that category.
You're absolutely right, the divide is recent, and it's western. My
thought about those three artists was ..... (other than the fact that
I was looking at the paintings and musing) was that Van Gogh seemed
willing to take risks, and allow himself to be emotionally naked when
doing his work; Munch had some major emotional issues with women and
I'd love to see what he'd do with a woman's body and henna (probably
very scary); Rubens loved big ladies and delighted in their flesh, so
I would like to see how he'd approach adorning women he enjoyed so
much. I think those people had *something*, intelligence, fire,
creativity, talent ..... that pushed their work over the top of just
knocking out the gruntwork of shop signage, secondrate altarpieces and
portraiture for them as had the money and vanity to hire someone to
immortalize them as they'd like to pretend they actually were.........

Being a snob about one's art is a sure sign that one's art isn't up to
much ..........


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