The blaue rider, subject considerations

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Chapter Zero

Introduction

Chapter One

Developing your Ideas, Writing and Art

Chapter Three

Connections

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The Studios of Patrick Otis Cox  

 

 

The Party Couple

By Patrick Otis Cox

 

Warhol, Van Gogh and the Myth Business

Vincent Van Gogh, “I am risking my life for my work”. Andy Warhol, “I lie in all my interviews, and tomorrow I’ll just say something different, because I never remember what I said before ”.

Two artists with totally different myths. They both lied and both told the truth in very different ways. Van Gogh lived on the edge of hysteria and was prone to drastic mood changes. He would scream at his brother Theo for not selling his art, and at the same time refuse to conform to the business world. Cézanne said, “The only thing Van Gogh can teach us is what to avoid in life and art”.  Andy Warhol said, “Art is what you can get away with”. But why does his mass-produced prints with mass-produced images sell so will now? What emotional chord did he create with his work “Marilyn Monroe Twenty Times” in 1962?

The strength to grab life by the balls and create with no limitations is not a dream, but a reality you have to work toward. The live or die forces screaming that you must pursue a safe course for your life are only right if you listen to them. If you yield to these forces, you will loose the spark that could be your salvation from a torturous civilized existence. Cézanne said, “The only thing Van Gogh can teach us is what to avoid in life and art”. As you can tell Vincent Van Gogh

Andy Warhol said, “Art is what you can get away with”. But why does his mass-produced prints with mass-produced images sell so will now? What emotional chord did he sound with people?

I believe his work reflected the lost of individualism with everyone having the same plastic products we all suffer then and today. His quote about being dishonest is the same as sales people pushing mass-produced plastic down into our mouths. Notice how Warhol’s images are never polished or perfect like the advertisements they mock. They are colored in a disturbing, artificial and resentful tone, which brings out the dirty sleazy pulp fiction of the real world we witness everyday.

Then you have Vincent Van Gogh who said the Night Café was “the ugiest painting I have done, these reds and greens show the terrible passions of human nature”  painted with total honesty, but his life was so haunted by demons that his disturbing brushwork evokes feelings of pain and anguish. Most of us don’t have this bad of a life, but all know the saying, when it rains it pours. When life is bad, it is really bad. Seeing his work brings to mind an old friend, Mr. or Ms. Pain. We are a cast of characters and we all know depression at some level. Maybe not Van Gogh’s depth. But at times it can be deep.

The humanity of art is just that, an honest picture of what is inside.

 

 

 

Woman, Ancient Chinese Charactor

(1 of 3 works)

By

Patrick Otis Cox