“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist…” – Pablo Picasso.
As so eloquently put and embodied by Picasso, the painters of the late 19th and early 20th century revolutionized not only what painting meant but also how to approach art—a boundless creative process that opens up the world and human perception.
The likes of Jean Pierre Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso himself, nonetheless, had to perfect their painting techniques before they could experiment with, perfect, and immortalize their styles. They all became professional painters in order to make a leap into becoming masters.
That’s the purpose of this artistic endeavor: to copy the masters in order to find a style of my own, emulating not only their painting styles but whole methods of creation, from inspiration to execution, changing only the small technical things that have evolved with time itself (such as the paints and canvas materials used). In doing so, I expect to have a similar insightful experience to the masters, learning their rules and perhaps figuring out how to break and bend the rules to create my own style rules.
Ultimately, there’s no better way to arrive to greatness than to follow the steps of those who have reached it, and hope that they lead one on the same path, but at a pace and destination of one’s own.