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  • Paul Cezanne
    Cezanne is yet another eccentric artist of the nineteen century who is considered to be a “great” artist. He is credited with being the father of modern art, and paving the way for abstract art.
  • Marcel Duchamp
    In December 2004, Duchamp's Fountain was voted the most influential artwork of the 20th century by 500 selected British art world professionals. The Independent noted in a February 2008 article that with this single work, Duchamp invented conceptual art and "severed forever the traditional link between art and merit".
  • Paul Gauguin – influential or diversionary?
    Great artists all appear to be revolutionaries, and are applauded for breaking with tradition, yet in truth most do little more than reinvent the wheel.
  • Vincent van Gogh – innovative or insane?
    Vincent purposely embraced and developed a style of painting. Whether that style is meritorious is a mater of personal taste.
  • Henri Rousseau – Genius or talent-less fool?
    Rousseau was indifferent to the works of the progressive avant-garde artist around him, finding their paintings too unfinished. Paradoxically, these artists became appreciators of Rousseau’s work, and were instrumental in his posthumous recognition as a great painter.
  • Dealing with the loss of a loved pet
    Two months ago, I had to have my dog put to sleep. It broke my heart: I grieved deeply, and am still grieving today. I realise that my feelings are not unique, and many people must be feeling the same way. I hope I can offer some help and comfort to others in a similar position.
  • Commisioning a Portrait
    How many of us have ever commissioned an Artist to paint or draw a portrait of our partner, children, or pets? I suspect the answer is very few. Yet, thanks to the Internet, it has never been easier, or more affordable to employ the services of an Artist.
  • How to recognise the most significant art movements of the past 500 years
    Throughout time, new “movements” of thought have emerged, and changed the ideals of art. Many have passed without impact, while others achieved significant change.

    The following brief synopsis attempts to describe the most significant art movements of the past 500 years, in a light-hearted manner.
  • Am I an Artist?
    The occupation shown on my passport is "Artist", but I often wonder whether this title is appropriate in the modern age.

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