Jerry Behr Number 2
The Blind Artist - Poem by Jerry Behr Number 2
The revolution began with the impressionists Manet and Monet along with Degas, Pissarro and
Renoir. All of these artists painted colourful sparkling paintings of everyday life and they painted
outdoors; not in a studio. Putting full expression in their brush work, they painted what they saw
exactly as it was with their rainbow palette they all used.
The atmospheres blended together in order to get the impressions that were fused.
However, Vincent Van Gogh saw the impressionists painted only with an exacting eye and the
imagination was banned. Vincent painted with his passions and used his imagination, putting
full expression into his impasto brush work. Along with Gauguin these two artists
used colour arbitrarily and they were the Post Impressionists; they were the second wave.
Combined these two movements in art in the later 19th Century was all the rave.
Also in the 19th Century was the birth of photography and the development of the box Kodak
camera. Everybody could now make their own photos by pressing the trigger and send the box,
film and all to the laboratory to be processed. Photography undermined the need for a portrait
painter, for that matter even a landscape painter and art had to change.
Painting had to be revolutionized once again to keep pace and increase its range.
In the beginning of the 20th Century a movement led by Matisse was born, who used colour
even more wildly than Vincent Van Gogh. Even shapes were arbitrary and Matisse was
branded a “Fauve” (a wild animal) . Matisse gave imagination full reign in order for emotion to
get some sort of peace by meditating in tranquil settings in place.
To get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and the frantic human race.
Pablo Picasso looking around seeing the art world crumbling around his ears due to
photography said “Stuff it.” Picasso had a completely new idea for painting and thought why in
the hell paint what is there when everybody knows its there in the mind anyway.
Along with Braque he invented Cubism a painting seemingly with double vision and cubes,
with very limited view points and very little colour coming out of the paint tubes.
A couple of World Wars later it was a completely different world altogether where rock’n’roll
ruled. The big Ford ruled the road, miles of expressways, transistor radios blaring everywhere.
In all homes black and white televisions which would in later years change to colour, the
computer was starting to come off the drawing board,
the frantic pace of change, technology running rampant and roared.
With such revolutionary changes the painter Arshile Gorky said. “Booohaahaahaaaa! ”
and loaded his brush and − kaaaasplaaate – on his canvas and called it
“The Liver is the Cock’s Comb.” Abstract Expressionism was all the rage.
Jackson Pollock in his barn also said. “Boooohaahaahaaaa! ” He laid his canvas on the floor
from a can he splattered in a rhythmic fashion across his canvas from the wall to the door.
The pace of change in technology was frantic with computers and Microsoft and CD burners,
video players, computer games on computers, games even on T.V. with x- Box and the all in all
Internet. Television screens became so slim people could even hang them on walls like a picture complete with picture frame. There seems no more need for an artist to be around
in a world to show a different side to humanity in a different medium that could be found.
Along came the blind artist Robert Rauschenberg who painted his revolutionary all white
painting, devoid of brush strokes and expression it was indeed all white. For the first time in
25,000 years man saw no need for art nor self expression, man had been consumed by his own
technology. For some sort of variety Rauschenberg painted in all black
so people could see more; which for the art world in painting is indeed way off the track. ©
By Jerry Behr
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