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“This idea of emulating successful people is actually a key part of classical art training. If you study in a classical art atelier, the first stage of your drawing study will be copying the works of master artists.
This practice is not widely taught in more modern art schools, where the emphasis is on developing the artist’s own personal vision, but by examining the techniques used by great artists, we can gain valuable insight into the way they worked, and we can learn from master painters the lessons that they in turn learned from great artists before them.
For a great insight into the value of master copy drawing and other atelier techniques, you should read Juliette Aristides’ Classical Drawing Atelier.
In the chapter on master copy drawing, she quotes Sir Joshua Reynolds:
“On whom then can [the artist] rely, or who shall show him the path that leads to excellence? The answer is obvious: those great masters, who have traveled the same road with success, are the most likely to conduct others.” “
“In art history, “Old Master” (or “old master“) refers to any painter of skill who worked in Europe before about 1800, or a painting by such an artist. An “old master print” is an original print (for example an engraving or etching) made by an artist in the same period. The term “old master drawing” is used in the same way.In theory, “Old Master” applies only to artists who were fully trained, were Masters of their local artists’ guild, and worked independently, but in practice, paintings produced by pupils or workshops are often included in the scope of the term. Therefore, beyond a certain level of competence, date rather than quality is the criterion for using the term.”
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