One of the core beliefs of the Modern Art movement is that a work of art can't be derivative for it to be original. Of course, anyone with a little common sense would know there is no validity in such an irrational philosophy. All of the necessary skills required to become an accomplished artist (drawing, modeling, composition, canvas preparation, color theory, paint control, etc.) are all, in fact, derivative.
Sadly, many contemporary artists don't recognize or acknowledge any connection to the art of the past, and most modern-day art teachings encourage the idea of creating art based solely on instinct rather than learned skills. This "teach by not teaching" approach to education prohibits the student from flourishing and the contemporary artist is continuously stuck in a state of creative primitivism.
Therefore, if the modern artist ever expects to advance in their work, they must first learn and master the skills of those that have come before them and use that acquired knowledge, along with their own unique creativity and intuition, to create art that will add value to the long-standing tradition of classical art.
Painting above by Peter Paul Rubens, “Venus, Cupid, Bacchus, and Ceres," designed in a root 2 Dynamic Symmetry rectangle.
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