Through the minds of artists

Through the minds of artists

The third series of NGMA’s film festival, titled ‘Great Artists Biography’, was held at the NGMA auditorium recently. With a focus on the works of artists like El Greco, Giotto Di Bondone, Turner and Vincent Van Gogh, it gave the keen attendees a glimpse of art history.

Presented by Tim Marlow, the film revealed little known facts about the background and mindset of each artist, paying close attention to the pieces that they would eventually be best known for. From an examination of El Greco’s belief that the most powerful art is a work of imagination and not a depiction of nature to Giotto’s love for stylised iconic paintings, it was a creative journey into the minds of the showcased artists. 

The influences and critical feedback for each artist were also emphasised, be it the disturbed mental state of Van Gogh that led to the creation of ‘Starry Night’ or Turner’s architectural leanings that reflected in his work. 

The film also explored the various art movements that each one was involved in, ranging from the onset of the Italian Renaissance to the fascinating era of Impressionism.

 “We only know about the current trends in the art world but this is an excellent way to understand its history and the psyche of these great artists. Having an audio-visual medium to study it makes it much more interesting than reading a book. Anyone even remotely interested in art will enjoy watching this,” said Mathew Kovoor, an art lover.

His wife Sheela added, “Tim Marlow gives a very scholarly take on art but relates it to the common man. The perspective is so broad that everybody has the capability of assimilating the information he offers. Plus, for someone who is into buying art, this is a good way of learning how to differentiate the good art from the bad.”

There were quite a few youngsters in the crowd as well. Partha, who isn’t from an art background, said that it was an eye-opening experience. “I don’t know much about art but this is a great way to find out about the masters. It was quite interesting and each of the segments offered something new to learn. A lecture on this subject could have been boring but this was a very palatable form of presentation,” he opined.

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