I'd be interested if you could suggest to me a single great artist who didn't learn from those that came before him. How could you even do something new if you didn't know what was old?
Originally Posted by markbarendt
Picasso did something new. Did you know he was actually excellent at traditional styles of painting?
Ansel Adams did something basically new, but of course he was very familiar with the art that came before him. A lot of the popular art before him he didn't like, and that informed how he proceeded, what he tried to change and do differently in his own art.
Tradition is one of the the greatest things we have, especially for art. It means that everytime we try to do something new, we don't have to start at the very beginning. It means that when we want to invent tomato soup, we already know not to eat the leaves - tradition taught that. Tradition is the wisdom that allows you to set out in a new direction in the first place.
Scott hit the nail on the head.
Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera
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