Picture Study: Cezanne

I love picture study.  Recently a friend asked me what is the point of picture study: is it to teach them how to do art?  Is it to make them memorize great works of art?  Is the point the history– so they can identify different schools of art?
2012-02-02
Education is a feast.  My goal is to set before my children- well, before all of us, really- a feast of ideas.  Ideas are more than morals, more than words, more than works of art.  But the great artists present ideas in amazing ways, and my job as a teacher is to introduce my children to them.  They don’t- can’t- take in all of a great painting any more than they can understand the whole of a great book in one sitting.  But each nibble, each time we study it, we grow a little more.

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2 thoughts on “Picture Study: Cezanne

  1. I think “attention” is one of the great underexplored spriitual disciplines. It is so necessary for the work of love. This is the best thing, I think, about picture study. Attending to something other than oneself very carefully and with one’s bodily action as well as one’s mind.

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