It has been very hot here in the last week, up to 44 celsius, which is over 110F. It has been impossible to work in my studio, so I have been doing a bit of work on art history. I thought this might fit in with our new theme.
My favourite period of art is the impressionist period and I watched a ton of videos on the impressionists.
What really amazed me is that the Truth is not anything set. Different art historians present their FACTS, but every historian tells a different story. Two people in particular I found were presented quite differently by different historians.
The first is Edgar Degas
Mary Cassatt by one historian, and another historian presents him as a misogynist, who regarded her as 'just a woman'. How different is that?
The second person is Paul Gaughin.
Vincent van Gogh in his time of need, whilst another presents him as a sensitive man, who did his best to help a mad Vincent.
It is difficult to know what the truth is about either of them. Luckily these two are not on my short list...or perhaps they should be just for this reason?
And of course what I am to do with all this information is beyond me at present. I started my search because I was looking for something to use as inspiration, but as yet haven't found anything which pops out at me, except for the life of /vincent, but that is because he has always been my favourite.
Just a bit of information I though might be of interest.