May 12, 2017

A look at Art

I never liked art. My exposure to art was in the boring confines of government school. And, any exposure outside of that was to contemporary “art”. Contemporary art is mostly terrible. Postmodernism, cultural Marxism, and academia have each done their part to deprive us of meaning and to excoriate western culture. Contemporary art has been separated from beauty and objective meaning. It has become about novelty and mere emotional provocation.

But, then I went to the Philbrook Art Museum, where I saw…

I saw “The Shepherdess” by William Bouguereau, a five foot tall painting that exists entirely to celebrate beauty. It’s not impressionistic, stylized smudges. It’s not brutal and modern. It’s realistic, honest beauty.

If all your experience with art is contemporary tripe, give real art a chance. Real art is about beauty and history. If all your experience with art is from teachers and school books, find a way to see it in person. There’s a great difference between seeing it on a page or screen and seeing a painting in person. I’m not an art person, and I don’t know if I ever will be. But, you don’t have to be one to appreciate real art.

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