Should Young Artists Study Nature or Past Masters?
12 days ago - By Gurney Journey
Should students study composition? Should they make copies of old masters' paintings?
According to the influential art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900) they should study only from real life. He believed that all learning happens from the student's own direct encounters with nature, and that it was the job of art students to draw from life as truthfully as possible, not to copy the work of other artists or to study composition as a way of improving on what they see.
William Trost Richards, Conanicut
Ruskin wrote that "from young artists nothing ought to be tolerated but simple bona fide...
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