More than just a paint

I remember that as a child I enjoyed to draw without much worries about what I wanted to transmit with my master pieces. I just enjoyed the process. As I grew older I started to ask myself why the Mona Lisa or Van Gogh paint’s were so highly valuated by other people. The true answer didn’t come until many many years later when I was an exchange student at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen. A weekend after the end of winter semester I prepared myself to make a trip around west europe and after sleeping for 7 hours on a train I arrived to Amsterdam. I don’t recall all the details but in my way I met an old woman from Lithuania and I was lucky with finding a spanish guy that was studying music in Amsterdam who explained me how to get to my hostel by taking a bus from the train station.

Gustav Klimt 1917

The very next morning I went to the Van Gogh museum and I went through all the rooms in the gallery but nothing brought more my attention than an unfinished paint hanged on one of the galleries. I started to wonder why some would hang an unfinished piece of art on a gallery but the spark came to me and I suddenly realized that what I saw was a middle point on the creative process time line from the artist. An unfinished paint can tell us a lot about how the artist worked. This kind of pieces are usually rare and hard to authenticate since most of the artist would not sign this kind of pieces for example a lot of them could be just unfinished pieces of one student or a piece that didn’t enter in the artist’s quality standards.

Few days later I went to Cologne and for coincidence there was a special exposition about impressionism in a museum close to my hostel. The ticket was really expensive but I didn’t have any other plan so I decided to pay it. The exposition worth the price it was a beautiful assemble and they explained pretty well the ideology behind the impressionism they even went into scientific theories and philosophy and they talked about the studies of light and the theory of color. In that same exposition was an unfinished paint from Monet and I started to conclude that a paint represents more than what the artist wanted to express, a paint is not only a snapshot of it’s creator it’s a snapshot of the ideology of it’s time, it’s a snapshot in the cultural and social context because an artist can not get divorced from his context and they have limitations such as technology. The paints can tell a lot about the technology from the pigments used to the fabrics used for a canvas.

The art are doors to past worlds.

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