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The Purpose of Art

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Art – There To Confuse You

It seems that everyone has their own thoughts on the purpose of art. Wikipedia opines that “The purpose of works of art may be to communicate ideas, such as in politically, spiritually, or philosophically motivated art. It may also be to create a sense of beauty, to explore the nature of perception, for pleasure, or to generate strong emotions. The purpose may also be seemingly nonexistent.

I suppose all of that may be true, but I would venture that art may also create confusion.
Let me tell you why.
I was in a “Checkers” store the other day and spotted a range of breads in racks, behind the normal bakery counter. Pointing to the breads on the top rack I asked the lady working in the bakery if the breads were freshly baked.
“No Sir” .
“Are they yesterday’s bread?”
“No Sir, they are art breads. “
“You mean artisanal breads?”
“No sir, they are art breads. Made of plastic. Look nice – but you can’t eat them”

Q.E.D. Art is confusing.

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Art – There To Confuse You

Checkers. Still my favourite grocer.

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Moravian Bell

A Creation by Warren Voight

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Moravian Bell By Warren Voight

Warren Voight is an artist from the Boland area. He is equally at home with landscapes and portraits and likes a challenge. This work is an Acrylic painting on a stretched canvas and measures 40 x 30 cm. Moravian Bell comes complete with its frame. Warren can be contacted via his Face Book Page – Warren Voight Fine Arts or on his email which is wbvoight at gmail dot com

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Kate Douglas Wiggin on art

An extract from Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Rebecca’s idea of being a painter like her friend Miss Ross was gradually receding, owing to the apparently insuperable difficulties in securing any instruction.

Her aunt Miranda saw no wisdom in cultivating such a talent, and could not conceive that any money could ever be earned by its exercise.

“Hand painted picures” were held in little esteem in Riverboro, where the cheerful chromo or the dignified steel engraving were respected and valued.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin – Chapter 16

See what Picasso and Claude Monet had to say about art. Rebecca – Girl in a pink gingham dress will soon be on my easel so please do come back in a while.

Do you have a special passage in a book that you would like brought to life in your own painting? Contact me with your passage on bruceA684@Gmail.com and lets see if we can dream up something beautiful.

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Diogenes by Jean-Léon Gérôme

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Diogenes – by Jean-Léon Gérôme – 1860 – Courtesy of the Walters Museum

Around 420 BC the Greek philosopher Diogenes walked around Athens with a lamp burning in the middle of the day. When asked why he was doing that he replied “I am searching for an honest man.” Apparently, he never found one.

I’m not decided if he really was a philosopher or if he was just plumb crazy but he certainly stirred things up in Ancient Greece. He lived in an overturned earthen wine vat, broke all the rules of civil society which today would land you in jail, and had the sharpest of wits which he often put to good use.

Alexander the Great was a big admirer of Diogenes and it is said that in a conversation Alexander had with Diogenes Alexander pronounced “If I were not Alexander I should wish to be Diogenes” to which Diogenes replied “If I were not Diogenes I would also wish to be Diogenes”.

Whether he met all the standards of being a philosopher or that he was indeed plumb crazy is open to debate but he certainly inspired a number of artists over the centuries.

This painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme in 1860 hangs in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore US.

I really like the balance of light and dark, the contrast between curve and straight lines and the intensity of the four dogs watching Diogenes lighting his lamp.

The painting was owned for a short while by August Belmont (of horse racing fame) and from 1872 until present by members of the Walters family and the Walters Museum. I doubt that it would be for sale but hey, there’s some nice stuff on this site for sale.

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Macallan – 1926

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Craigellachie Bridge – Macallan Whiskey

In the peaceful village of Craigellachie in the north eastern corner of Scotland is a stone bridge over the river Spey. The road leads to the Macallan Whisky Distillery. Their whiskies are famous around the world and none more so than the exclusive 1926 vintage.

It is said that only 40 bottles were produced and in 1986 – when the whisky was 60 years old – two artists were commissioned to design a label to be used on 12 bottles each.  One was Italian Valerio Adami and the other Sir Peter Blake

Now, 32 years later and the whisky just turned 92 a Sir Peter Blake labelled bottle is going on auction. On the 12 October Sothebys are hoping that this bottle will be knocked down for $1,200,000 – or more, and thus beat the price of the Valerio Adami labelled bottle recently auctioned for $1,100,000.

Sir Peter Blake designed the album cover for the Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

So there you have it – The art of the master whisky distillers, two visual artists and one of the finest music groups of all time,all combined to make great art.

If you have a spare R 15, 000, 000 you may want to have a little flutter on the auction. If your purse doesn’t stretch that far, you could invest in a piece or two of my art. At the current rate of exchange, they are the bargains of a lifetime.

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Somewhere in the Western Cape

Many years ago we were doing renovations to an office of a business we had bought and behind an old steel cabinet we found a painting of what appears to be an old farmstead somewhere in the Western Cape. It was dirty with what appeared to be coffee stains, dirt and dust. We took it off to an art gallery who had it cleaned up and re framed.

It has hung in our home for 17 years. The artist’s name is almost illegible but it may be “Wildman” or something similar. It’s not important, because it’s value lies not in the artist’s name, but, (like all the other paintings we have) in the story attached to it.

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Art is not pretty

Art is not always about pretty things.
It’s about who we are, what happened
to us, and how our lives are affected;

Elizabeth Broun
Retired Director of The Smithsonian American Art Museum

That may be so, and it’s good that it is so. If it wasn’t then there would be no room for the expression of emotions, both for the artist and for society. because art is about who we are our art is different. Not always pretty, sometimes not even good, most times authentic and from the heart.

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Claude Monet on painting

Waterloo Bridge as painted by Claude Monet in 1903 – courtesy of www.claude-monet.com

“Other painters paint a bridge, a house, a boat, I want to paint the air that surrounds the bridge, the house, the boat – the beauty of light in which they exist.”

Claude Monet 1840-1926

See what Benjamin Cassiano and David Livingstone have to say about art (and angels)

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