Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Master copies 2015

We learn from the best, transferring traditions of representational art. At atelier students encouraged to do copies of technically challenging and beautiful artwork to boost up their skills. Every year we bring awareness of "past" to younger audience. Passing along the tradition equally important as creating new.

Rembrandt. ( as written in "250 Highlights from the Rijksmuseum Collection" magazine)
He was born in Leiden on 15 July 1606, the son of the miller Harmen Gerritsz van Rijn. At first he was apprenticed to painters in Leiden, but later he was taught by Pieter Lastmsn of Amsterdam. On 22 June 1634 Rembrandt married Saskia van Uylenburg. Their son Titus was born in 1641; saskia died a year later. In 1649, following Geertje Dircx, Hendrickje Stoffels became Rembrandt housekeeper and mistress. In 1656 Rembrandt went bankrupt. He died in 1669 and was buried in the Westerkerk in Amsterdam. ( wow, what a challenging and diverse life)
Rembrandt was an inventive artist, unequalled in the depiction of ideas. He was mainly a historical painter, painting scenes from the Bible, mythology and classical history. He also earned plenty of money painting portraits. In addition to this he painted landscapes and the occasional still life.

This artist is one of my favorites. I have a very unique experience with Rembrandt's original paintings. During my student years I struggled to understand all this "hipe" about his artwork, could't see sense behind these black and brown "charcolly" paintings. Overall Rembrandt's generation of artists seemed to have no daylight in their paintings and painted in the basement. So, I safely skipped more investigation and moved to learning about impressionists with more interesting colors. It has changed when I went to see Hermitage museum of art in St. Petersburg. And oh Heavens! I couldn't move away from Rembrandt's "Prodigal Son". This painting is not the painting on canvas! It is an open door! And it is not only because it's 2 meters high painting. At the Hermitage there were fence around it, I guess that many people tried to put their arm through the canvas. This unbelievable effect of real space is magical. You can really step inside he scene and become a part of it. Tremendous effect on heart, mind and body. Master work of Rembrandt's talent. And through few gallery visits I saw many more samples of undeastimated paintings of great masters, which tend to be forgotten by current generation of computer users. We may only hope that tradition will be preserved and will help young artists to be able to visit galleries and use practice of the past painters in creating successful and kind 3d space.

This situation for the rest of my art practice showed me an illusion of reproductions, and art prints. I don't think that there will be ever printing machine producing heart felt artwork.
With last two sentences I didn't want to offend anybody, who work with photographs, book illustrators and such. This is just my personal painter's experience and no suggestions to be made.
Most creative wishes to all.