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Things for which I am grateful #233 – 274 – Art.


As you’ve probably gathered, the arts are a huge part of my life. And this is my mantra:

 

Without the arts,

We have no culture.

Without culture,

We have no society.

Without society,

We have no civilisation.

And without civilisation,

We have anarchy.

 

Which, in itself, is paradoxical, because so many artists are viewed as rebels to society. To me, artists aren’t rebels, they are pioneers. They show us new ways of interpreting the world.

Art galleries are my cathedrals. They are the places I go to escape from reality and immerse myself in the presence of their genius.

Here are a few of my favourite artists. (I haven’t included ones that I’ve already written individual posts about, such as Modigliani, Chang or Lautrec.)

As you can see, I’m quite traditional in a lot of respects. What I love about much of the impressionistic work is the space, light, colour, composition and texture. Quite a lot of them have a simple, graphic quality, too. Which, perhaps, is no surprise considering that that is what I studied at art college.

Some famous names missing. Who are your favourites?

Michael McGinn

Michael McGinn

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith

Yup, Banksy.

Yup, Banksy.

Edouard Vuillard

Edouard Vuillard

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Gaugin

Gaugin

Igor Shipilin

Igor Shipilin

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

Kees van Dongen

Kees van Dongen

Kris Kuksi 1

Kris Kuksi 1

Kris Kuksi 2

Kris Kuksi 2

Manet

Manet

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt

Matisse

Matisse

Yes, Monet.

Yes, Monet.

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry

Picasso 1

Picasso 1

Picasso 2

Picasso 2

Pierre et Gilles

Pierre et Gilles

Renoir

Renoir

Sergey Rimashevsky

Sergey Rimashevsky

Sorolla

Sorolla

The chapman bros

The chapman brothers 1

The Chapman Brothers 2

The Chapman Brothers 2

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

Vermeer

Vermeer

Degas

Degas

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

Egon Schielle

Egon Schielle

Gustave Klimt

Gustave Klimt

Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard

Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova

Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne

William Merritt Chase

William Merritt Chase

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Richard Estes

Richard Estes

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck

Foujita

Foujita

Wilhelm Hammershøi

Wilhelm Hammershøi

Frederick Childe Hassam

Frederick Childe Hassam

Peder Severin Krøyer

Peder Severin Krøyer

Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot

Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro

 

By the way, if any late-comers are wondering what the hell all the numbers are about in the titles of these posts, the reason is: I decided, at the back end of 2013, to write 365 things for which I am grateful – one for every day of the year.

Why? Because, I think a lot of us in the ‘West’, (including me), sometimes forget how lucky we are and take too many things for granted. Which people in other parts of the world would die for, and do so, on a regular basis.

 

 

 

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Things for which I am grateful #34


Street Art.

I love it. Because it’s all about seeing something ordinary and making it extraordinary. It’s about applying abstract thought to the mundane.

Some people might argue that it’s graffiti, and they have a point to a certain extent. Where I think it differs is that street art usually contains an idea and opens up a dialogue with the observer. (The Smile in the Mind.) It doesn’t rely solely on an elaborately rendered moniker. The best stuff tends to interact with the environment in which it is placed rather than the environment being merely a canvas.

Of course, location has a lot to do with it. You usually find them in urban areas or metropolises making a social or political comment. I don’t think I’d be best pleased to find some of these in an idyllic setting. But then, if they were, they probably wouldn’t be making a statement.

So, for brightening up grey days and bringing a smile to my face, I am grateful.

Here are a few gems…

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Banksy's alternative Jubilee

Banksy’s alternative Jubilee

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