The History of Art


(artworks:, Cezanne’s Bathers)

Thinking about history of art, to my mind everything is interconnected. Picasso, Matisse and Kandinsky were influenced by Cezanne. Picasso was also influenced by African art and masks. Cezanne was influenced by Rembrandt, Poussin and Delacroix, admiring his use of colour as well as Monet’s. Renoir was also influenced by Delacroix and from his visits to North Africa and orientalistic works like Women of Algeria. Delacroix admired David’s work (although at the time the then media were supporting a rivalry between the two, use of colour vs use of line). Delacroix was influenced by Guerin, Gericault, Rubens and Michelangelo and by English artists like Lawrence. The ancient Roman and Greek art formed the basis for the representation of a flawless body during the Renaissance. So there is a continuous back and forth in time, with several more connections to be made, and although we can identify movements and styles and place them chronologically, the interconnection between them is what I consider being more striking. That is why in my sketches I have avoided a hierarchy or a central point, with the interconnecting lines as references to the influences from one artist to the other, influences from the nature and the human body when considering ancient arts.

Reading: J. Elkins, Stories of Art, Abingdon, Routledge (2002) pp 1-38


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