Hey guys!

As a self thought artists at times I can’t help but wonder what would my art look like if I had a formal art education. Sometimes I feel like maybe if I had a specific and cohesive style and technique something would magically happen and all my pieces would be sold by now….(hey its my imagination! 😉 ) but then other times I love the fact that I can go with the flow, and there is really no wrong, since I technically never learned the “right”.

But honestly is a formal art education really needed?

If we look in the list of artists with no formal education, that made a huge impact on art and art history, one of the first to come to mind is Paul Gaugin. He was a sailor and a stockbroker before he started. I remember learning about him during art history classes ( a class that we all take in middle schools in Italy, at least back in my day…sheesh I’m old) and as much as I enjoyed learning about arts and all the amazing creators I was never convinced I wanted to actually learn the arts in a formal way ( I don’t think art classes in high school count, which are also part of the curriculum back home in Italy)

three Tahitians by Gaugin
Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), 1892, sold for a record US$300 million in 2015.

Never the less learning about artists and fantasizing about which great ones foot steps to follow cant hurt!

But back on the topic. Formal education: De Lempicka who is by far one of my favorite painters ever, was formally educated at the Acadèmie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. In her opinion the impressionist were bad at drawing and used dirty colors. She would employ her formal education to create clean precise, and elegant pieces which cant go unrecognized. Her pieces are iconic.
Tamara De Lempicka- The musician
Tamara De Lempicka – Portrait de Madam Allan Bott
By the looks of it, these two great artists both had a very deep impact in the arts, regardless of what kind of education they had on the matter. And they are just two of the myriad that are out there. I for one find this to be very up lifting. After all I take to art as a place where one can be themselves free their mind and literally “go nuts” or actually find a way to not go nuts completely, and weather you do so with a specific style or not, the result can be amazing.
who knows what the future holds in the future of any artists, really all one can hope is to be alive when something does happen!( I don’t mean to be gory lol but you know how that goes!)  

Ciao for now,
Be art!

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