Fine Art Museum Masterpieces on Canvas
From the exhilarating glory of the studio floor to the misery of the Bohemian hovel, Fine Art and some equally fine artists has captured the imagination of their respective societies; reflecting their hopes, fears, and how they view themselves. What is recognisable today as Fine Art is largely a product of nineteenth century academia, which named and canonised a tradition of quality in order to distinguish it from artisan trades such as industrial design, graphic design and hobby crafts. So far, so conceited. Yet, the academics of the nineteenth century had a reason for their arrogance, they saw themselves as the latest in an unending line of creative progression that linked them to the Renaissance, and before that to the Ancient Greeks. Fine Art was named as such to avoid it taking any undesirable paths.
Fine Art was defined by aesthetics, that is to say: taste. Pre-twentieth century societies actually had a rather useful definition of what did and what did not constitute art. Luckily for them, in most cases they were right. From the Dutch Golden Age to the high Baroque, and from German Romanticism to English Symbolism, Fine Art was intimately tied up with the pursuit of ideas. The presence of Fine Art in contemporary life is not restricted merely to the names of European art schools, instead it can be found in any art form that privileges intellectual rigor, mastery of technique, and beauty. Although all of these things mean different things to different people, you wont deny that the items in this specially curated selection prove that our art-loving ancestors got their priorities right.