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ARC Chairman Fred Ross On Picasso
Submitted by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2009-05-20 00:31
Fred Ross, the chairman of the Art Renewal Center, answers a post by a young woman praising Picasso. His takedown is masterly.
You had to be taught to love Picasso, because nobody would love him otherwise. But people don't need to be taught to love Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Bouguereau, or for that matter Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, or Tom Sawyer, The Grapes of Wrath, Alice in Wonderland, or The Christmas Carol.
Teaching and information can add to the depth of understanding of great works of art, but they are great initially by their ability to capture the soul and imagination of the viewer, without thousands of words to instruct us on how to deny the evidence of our own senses and to deny our innate sense of truth and reason."
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