Does every artist and art student have to learn the language of art?

“ Does every artist and art student have to learn the 
language of art? ” Someone asked me with curiosity.

I have known him for a few years. Soft spoken and always pleasant to others. He has some small business to meet monthly expenditure. He is content with that. He loves art. He used to go to every art show in the city. He does sketches for his pleasure and sometimes he paints them. I like him because he is a simple and plain man. He enjoys what he is doing ; He does what he enjoys.

One day after listening my class room lecture about the language of art, he asked that question.

“ Yes they should, otherwise they would never become good at their profession as an artist.” I told him. 

Forest Light  Artist:Magunta Dayakar

“ … I have attended many artists’ meetings, they never discussed about this subject. Usually they talk about aesthetic sense, pattern, interpretation, expression, emotion, textures … but they never talked about the language of art.’’

“ Patterns, textures are also part of the language of art. Other than these two, there are many things in there. An art student or artist should learn all those things and has to apply them in work. Applying them in a right way, they will achieve expression in their work. Without learning and applying them, the results will be weak however good their subject or concept.

“ If it ‘s that much important, why art students are not learning it ? ” more curiosity in his voice and eyes.

“ When you don’t know the importance of something why would you think of learning it? ” I replied.

The examples given here tell the importance of the language of art. 

Figure 1 : This painting titled as’ Whistler’s Mother ‘ painted by 19th century American realistic artist Whistler. This is one of the most famous paintings in the world . I have removed the painting image on the background space. See how it lost it’s picture balance.

Figure 2 : This is painted by 20th century Russian painter Kandinsky who is called as the first pure abstract painter. I have removed blue-violet color from his painting. See how it lost its color balance and centre of interest.

Figure 3 : This is painted by 19th century Post Impressionist painter Paul Cezane whose work lead to radical changes in the 20th century art. I have changed one of the fruits’ color from orange to yellowish green. See what happened!? The painting lost its color balance and harmony.

This is the power of the language of art. Whether it’s realistic painting, post impressionistic or pure abstract it doesn’t matter, it is there. 

Tail Piece
A student asked the teacher “ How do I know about the horse? ”
“First catch the tail, then it will take you to the front. In between you will know everything about it? ” I replied.

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