WHAT IS ART?
My step daughter has genuine artistic talent. We have a number of her paintings hung through-out the house. Many of her works are in a “pop-art” almost cartoony vein, with perhaps a touch of Andy Warhol.
She uses her talent today as a graphic designer.
The other day I was working out on our new treadmill (Christmas present to myself) and I noticed one of Cassie’s works on a basement wall.
It did not seem to be in her usual style. It was different, it was interesting. It seemed to me, to be almost childlike, and yet there was something about it that I could not stop looking at it.
I would have to tell Cassie that this piece of art really had something, and she should explore this new style further. Of course, what do I know? This work could be pure crap and Cassie left it at our home because she was ashamed of it.
Still, for some reason I liked it, and you know what? If someone likes a piece of art than it must be real art. If it speaks to someone then it is art. This painting spoke to me, even though I'm not sure what it was saying.
So yes, I would tell Cassie I really liked this painting. Even if it was not realistic; I did find it interesting.
Different, but somehow quite good I thought.
When I was finished with my workout, I went over for a closer look to see if perhaps Cassie had named the work.
There was a signature, but it was not Cassie’s.
It was from someone named Vincent Van Gogh.
It was a print from a recent museum trip that Mrs. C had gone to with Cassie.
Clearly, I do not know much about art to not be familiar with Vincent Van Gogh, his style or his works.
But at least I recognize fine art when I see it.