There are a lot of reasons why I am not the best of students, but one that constantly comes to my mind whilst in my Visual Culture classes is that the art I prefer is what all artists of the Avant-Garde movement were rejecting and removing themselves from.
My kind of art is that of portraiture. I love it because I can see the real person (even if it is an idealised version), the person who lived, breathed, ate, dressed and was, hundreds of years ago.
Just give me a painting of a wealthy woman from the 16th century, elaborately dressed and coiffured, with a half smile on her face, and i'm pretty content.
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