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October 01, 2002

If I Were an Editor 10 redux


Where do you get off asserting modern artists come from money? Eager to refute this outrageous claim, I visited an Internet site with a large number of biographies of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists, There it took me only a few moments to assemble the following data on their social origins:

Frederic Bazille was born in 1841 to a wealthy family of wine producers near Montpellier.

[Bonnard] began law studies c. 1885, but abandoned them in 1888 to work for a year at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and at the Académie Julian…In 1889, after he had sold a champagne poster design, his father allowed him to begin serious training.

Born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania to a prominent Pittsburgh family, [Mary Cassat] traveled extensively through Europe with her parents and siblings while a child.

Cézanne was born in the southern French town of Aix-en-Provence, January 19, 1839, the son of a wealthy banker. …In 1886…he inherited his father's wealth and finally, at the age of 47, became financially independent…

Degas was born into a well-to-do banking family on July 19, 1834, in Paris.

Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi into one of the oldest aristocratic families [in France].

Manet was born in Paris on January 23, 1832, the son of a high government official. To avoid studying law, as his father wished, he went to sea. He then studied in Paris under the academic French painter Thomas Couture and visited Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands to study the paintings of the old masters.

Berthe Morisot was born in Bourges, France into a family of wealth and culture. Her father was a high ranking civil servant. She was Fragonard's great-grand daughter.

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) …was born in St. Thomas in the West Indies, where his father was a prosperous merchant.

Georges-Pierre Seurat was born in Paris on 2 December 1859, the son of comfortably-off parents…Seurat's relative financial ease meant that he was unused to dealing with potential clients…

Signac …decided to become an artist, his prosperous shopkeeping family giving him financial independence.

Well, I hope this small study disabuses you of any idea that independent means and advanced art are in any way linked!



posted by Friedrich at October 1, 2002


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