I spend a lot of my time visiting art galleries, which is why I have come to the
That the classification of art can sometimes prevent us from really understanding
just what the artist is or was doing.
I’d like to illustrate this observation by looking at the work of two artists.
Paul Cézanne ( 1839–1906 ) has traditionally been thought of as an Impressionist
yet in many ways he was more than that.
Just look at these painting:-
The Bay of Marseilles, view from L’Estaque
Still Life, Drapery, Pitcher, and Fruit Bowl
Mill at the River
If you look these works closely enough you will realise that they are more cubist
than impressionist in nature.
Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh ( 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890 ) is always referred to as being a
What are less commented upon are his drawings.
Cypresses (Les Cyprès), 1889
Starry Night, after the painting, 1889
Now just start looking at his paintings such as:-
The Starry Night, June 1889
Wheatfield with Crows, 1890
What will then become very obvious to you is that many of his paintings were no
more and no less than drawings in colour.
and start to look at the rest of his works with a fresh eye.
These observations about looking afresh at works of art can also be applied to political thought.
Just you think about it.