Friday, July 17, 2009
Do you know Durer?. . .
Durer... I love to look at his work endlessly and I always learn something from his paintings and prints. He is the first artist known to have done pure landscapes. A master print maker, philosopher and artist.
His print of a rhino, created from an inaccurate verbal description was used in science text books into the last century.
As I mentioned in my post last week, one of the best ways to grow in your technique mastery as an artist, is to study artists that you admire. And to take the study of their works to another level, copy a work.
Durer was the son of a jeweler. He was meticulous in detail and skill. To remake one of his works teaches the artist that there is no corner cutting and pushes one to the next level of detail and observation.
The Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albrecht_D%C3%BCrer
If you know Durer, what work would you study? What artists are you compelled to study?
Next week's Artist: John Singer Sargent.
"As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art."