27 March, 2019

Iconic Artists

The journey of Art goes beyond words. We tried to tackle its meaning during our interview with contemporary artist, Leesa Kensington. How did we do? Take a look at the article: The Power of Creativity.

It's a powerful alternative when words are not enough. This is what prompted Picasso to start his own movement because the realities of war overwhelmed him so much, it made him speechless. However, it did inspire the Guernica which shed light on the Spanish Civil War and remains one of the most famous paintings of the 20th Century.

Including Picasso, these artists sparked a movement which still influences artists today and it's enabled them to become some of the most renowned artists of recent times. 

Pablo Picasso - The Young Master

The talent of Picasso was noticed from as early as 10!

He was able to master multiple art forms and went as far as creating his own, Cubism. Created with Georges Braque, Picasso continued to push the boundaries of art into new realms.

An emotional painter, it triggered different phases in his career which ranged from depression to rebirth and the unconscious mind. 

A truly thought-provoking painter, his works became renowned and can be found around the world. 

One of his most famous paintings is the Guernica. Painted with the Surrealism style, it projected his feelings about the realities of war and how it can ravage societies.

Discover more about the man in our spotlight: The Story of Pablo Picasso.

Andy Warhol - The Eccentric

Andy Warhol was an American painter who played a massive role in the rise of Pop Art. 

Warhol was always creative despite his struggles. From a young age, he suffered from Chorea which left him bedridden. He was taught art by his mother and was given a camera. 

After graduating from school, he became an illustrator and secured work for Vogue and Glamour magazine.

On the advice of a friend, he ventured into Pop Art which created new dynamics in our notions of everyday objects and people.

As his career progressed and popularity grew, he opened The Factory which was the scene of numerous parties, scenes for his work and also his assassination attempt.

You can read more about his work and life here: Andy Warhol - The Eccentric Icon

Van Gogh - The Troubled Icon

Vincent Van Gogh is a leading figure in European art who experienced every emotion over the course of his art career. 

A prolific painter who is said to have completed 2,000 works, he had a close relationship with his brother Theo who had a massive influence on his life. 

Their messages would contain dreams and this is what galvanised Van Gogh. His biggest dream was to create a community but the energy he expelled to bring not just this dream but others to reality had exasperated him.

This triggered a series of problems for Van Gogh that culminated him in being diagnosed with mental illness. 

Similar to Monet, he described himself as a failure as an artist and person, he would later take his own life in 1890.

A truly remarkable story, he produced works still revered today. You can learn about these and his life in our article: 5 Famous Paintings By Van Gogh.

Rembrandt - The Misunderstood Genius?

Rembrandt was a highly renowned artist who is considered one of the greatest Dutch painters of his time. 

A leading figure in European art, his technique to use shadow and light helped to transform the depth of his paintings. 

Examples of what he excelled in were biblical scenes, portraits and etchings. 

If you look closely into some of his works like 'The Night Watch (1642)', you can see figures who are illuminated with the artwork and it creates such a dynamic, it's incredible.

During the highs of his career, he amassed wealth. He purchased a house which is today known as the Rembrandt Museum.

Take a closer look at his story here: Artist Spotlight: Rembrandt.

Claude Monet - Practice Makes Perfect

For over 60 years, Monet was able to use the beauty of nature and transfer it to the canvas.

In addition to changing our perceptions of nature, he was fascinated by his subjects.

He would repeatedly paint them to illustrate how they would change over time. It helped to breathe new life into the art world and inspire a new way of thinking. 

These paintings would turn into series and some of his most famous are: Haystacks, Waterlilies and Rouen Cathedral.

Despite his success, Monet thought of himself a failure which was triggered by depression, illness and poverty.

A remarkable self-assessment, it's a far cry from his reputation as one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century and a leading figure in the impressionist movement.

To explore his story, check out our spotlight: Monet - The Impressionist Pioneer

Final Words

Who is your favourite artist? 

Their stories are quite remarkable and their works continue to inspire new generations of artists.

All leading figures of European art, they have set new benchmarks across the board.

Mastering art styles are one thing but creating a new one is something other. 

Conversely, it's fascinating how some of these artists considered themselves a failure. Van Gogh and Monet have exhibitions completely dedicated to their works because they had such an influence.

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