Yes, suffering produces mettle ... "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame..." - Romans:3-5
The advent of photography in the 19th century, more specifically, the ability to “fix” an image onto a surface, liberated the fine artist from the stuffy constraints of the academy. Artists were then free to experiment with changes of light and its effects on color, they were also able to express themselves. Marx, Darwin, Freud, Nietzsche, Dickens, and rampant industrialization and corruption, changed the way people, especially artists, viewed society and themselves. Even if they made no overt political or sociological statement their worldview, and subsequently their work, was profoundly changed. But in my opinion, Marcel Duchamp deserves much of the blame (or credit) for demise of art as a discipline. Yet to fully know why many avant garde artists did what they did we must know about the times in which they lived. Such knowledge will better inform and enlighten the viewer.
Now with that being said, and with much more to add, let me say that I would rather see art that evokes an emotional response than the dull, trite, prosaic, and/or commercial shit of the late Thomas Kincaid or Robert Florczak. (Snoozers!) While both men are technically proficient they strike me as emotionally deficient. I don’t fucking care about Elvis or Clint Eastwood, or some vapid and vacant imaginary world. Art must be raw and real and primitive and active and bold, but mostly it must be expressive. Great art must have the power to move the viewer. If it does not it is a failure. History belongs to the bold, to the rule-breakers. And art history is no different.
Ilya Repin. Barge Haulers on the Volga - Olga's Gallery
Barge Haulers on the Volga by Ilya Repin at Olga's Gallery. One of the largest collections of paintings online. Featuring hundreds of artist
Niko Pirosmani. Peasant Woman with Children Goes for Water - Olga's Gallery
Peasant Woman with Children Goes for Water by Niko Pirosmani at Olga's Gallery. One of the largest collections of paintings online. Featurin
Niko Pirosmani. Woman with a Mug of Beer - Olga's Gallery
Woman with a Mug of Beer by Niko Pirosmani at Olga's Gallery. One of the largest collections of paintings online. Featuring hundreds of arti
Niko Pirosmani. Girl with a Baloon - Olga's Gallery
Girl with a Baloon by Niko Pirosmani at Olga's Gallery. One of the largest collections of paintings online. Featuring hundreds of artists an