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Lesson Plans

Nancy Walkup's queston

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Wed, 7 Jan 1998 9:21:22 -0500

I have been a voyeur on the listserv for months now. This time I feel compelled
to reply to the question posed by Nancy Walkup..."how much of an artist's life
do we need to know to fully appreciate the work?"

In my oppinion the more we know about the life AND times of an artist, the
better we can understand not only the work, but the human experience, history
of our civilization, other cultures...the questions of life in general.

I believe this bigger picture of understanding beyond the work is what
fascinates and enriches our lives. I feel we can better understand the human
psyche when we can see how for instance, WWII influenced the art during and
shortly after. Look at the abstract expressionist movement and see what the war
did to us. Or look at the Renaissance and see how the strife, the plaque, the
pope and religion, etc., effected human conscience.

Ellen Woodoff
Columbia, SC

  • Maybe reply: RWilk85411: "Re: Nancy Walkup's queston"