Does the copyist invent?

The copyist, certainly, does not invent; he reproduces the lines and prospective colors of the model–it is the basic rule of the exercise–but to get there it is essential for him to rediscover the speed, the rhythm, and the original movements of the artist, in a word to follow in his footsteps and to empathize with him. He does not advance bit by bit, hesitantly, but by reconstructing with a faithfulness at once finicky and inspired the initial sequence of thoughts and emotions that gave rise to the work: as Wang Wei the Elder (415-443) wrote, “such paintings cannot be

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3 Interesting Things About Hokusai

Hokusai was young enough when one of his uncles adopted him with a dream that he will succeed in their family business. His uncle was working as a mirror polisher at that time in the house of the commander in chief. Right from the childhood, he was guided to perform his job perfectly so that he can lead a bright future by establishing a direct contact with the upper-class society. Although he started working with his uncle when he was only 6 years old, with time he developed a different passion towards artwork and ultimately started separating himself from his

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Marcel Broodthaers

Issu de l’aile revolutionnaire du surrealisme, Marcel Broodthaers avait occupe, dans la mouvance des evenements de mai 1968, le Palais des Beaux-arts de Bruxelles qui ne possedait a l’epoque aucune section consacree a l’art moderne. Depuis son entree dans le monde des arts visules en 1964, prenant acte de l’une des apories modernistes les plus difficiles a surmonter (a savoir que l’autonomie et la liberte dans le domaine de l’art, qui ont conduit les artistes a creer des oeuvres autoreflexives destinees essentiellement a l’appreciation esthetique, les ont aussi pousses a produire des objets qui n’echappaient pas, bien au contraire, au

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