Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The artistic temperament

So I found this article in the New York Times archives and it is dated 1906.  It's quite an enjoyable read if you yourself have the curse of an artistic temperament or know someone else that does. Check it out the article in its old school print glory here.

Here are the three artists she talks about

Joseph Mallord William Turner, the English Romantic landscape painter
Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.[2] Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as "the painter of light"[3] and his work regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism. (via wikipedia)
Johannes Brahms, the German composer and Pianist
In his lifetime, Brahms' popularity and influence were considerable; following a comment by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow, he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the Three Bs. (via wikipedia)

Honore de Balzac, one of the founders literary of Realism
His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelistsMarcel ProustÉmile ZolaCharles DickensFyodor DostoyevskyGustave FlaubertMarie CorelliHenry JamesWilliam FaulknerJack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac's works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers. (via wikipedia)

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