Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Rebel, Rebel

"Artists who seek perfection in everything achieve it in nothing."
-The Journal of Eugene Delacroix 14 March 1858
This calls into question one of the key rules we learned at the New York Academy (the same tradition which originated in the French Academy)- treat every inch of the canvas as if it were the most important part.

But then, how does one create a hierarchy? If everything is painted with the same veracity, how do you communicate your ideas with the viewer? How do you create a dynamic application of paint?

It's interesting how people today see Delacroix as the epitome of tradition. Like many of the Romantics, he was truly a passionate rebel.

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