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Starving for Art: Is it Palatable?
Art World Figures
"Ever wondered what famous artists did before they became established? Not all starved in a garret. See if you can work out how some tried to eke out a living outside of painting. Some broad brush stokes should point you along the way."
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Young Vincent Van Gogh had a totally different ambition to being a suffering artist: he wanted to be a pastor, like his father. He did manage to get a post as a missionary, but alienated his superiors by bringing disgrace (as they saw it) on to the Church. What awful thing did he do?
Tried selling his paintings from the pulpit
Preached in favour of bigger wages for Church ministers
Gave away all his clothing and possessions to the poor
Banned children from his services
After a brief and inauspicious spell at Westpoint, this artist tried his hand at map making for the US Coastal Service. He didn't last long! However, he maintained that the knowledge of etching which he gained served him well in his future artistic career. His mother actually wanted him to be a clergyman.
James McNeil Whistler
This Liverpool born artist worked for his father in the leather trade. Perhaps this early (loose) connection with saddlery gave George Stubbs his lifelong interest in painting these, his most famous subjects. What were they?
This French artist was not born into poverty. His father was a judge and wanted him to pursue a career in law. Then he persuaded him to try for the Navy, but fortunately for art, he failed the examinations twice. His father then encouraged him to take up a career as a painter. This artist is often confused with his contemporary. Who was this 'Olympian' of Impressionism?
This English artist had perhaps the most unusual method of supporting his work: he was an inmate in an asylum for the criminally insane. Believing his father was the devil, he stabbed and killed him. At first he was kept at Bedlam then moved to the newly built Broadmoor where he lived until his death. The Chief Psychiatrists involved with his care actively encouraged him to paint, and some of his best work was done there. Who was this "Fairy Feller" ?
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
This French artist, a great friend of Manet, studied law for a time. However, his father noticed that he spent more time studying paintings in the Louvre than his law books. Thanks to the encouragement of this wise man we can now see studies of ballet dancers, horses and lively sculptures. Who was this painter?
Vincent Van Gogh
This well loved Englishman is probably better known for his verses than his art. However, this former draughtsman for the Zoological Society became an artist for the British Museum. Later he was employed by the Earl of Derby to paint watercolours of exotic birds and animals in his home at Knowsley Hall.
Who was this nonsensical genius?
This particular fellow stands out from his contemporaries as never achieving success in his lifetime, despite generous financial support from friends and family. Known forever as one half of an engaged couple, which noted landscape artist never made it until a year after his death?
Vincent Van Gogh
In 1879 this Nordic artist enrolled in a technical college to study engineering. He excelled in chemistry, physics and maths. He was often ill and after one year he left to pursue a career in painting, much to his father's disapproval. Which artist made his father scream in anger?
Peter Paul Reubens
Aubrey Beardsley, an English artist of the Art Nouveau period, was known for the decadence of his work. Strange that his earlier employment should sound so cautious and restrained. What was it?
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