Regarding painting as a dead artist ....
.....hmmm reminds me of Dead Poets Society.
Well, what I attempt to do with an occasional research project with
advanced students is to ask them to paint / draw/ create UNDER THE INFLUENCE of
an artist, dead or living ... They must determine WHY the artist created,
what, and how they did/do and link themselves to sharing some aspect of
what that artist's work is about. Then, without copying, they have a sort
of mentor or guide as they commence making art ... which I hope leads them
to new territory .. and more reseach.