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A friend came to visit me last week.  She bought a book for my little boy called:

“The artist who painted a blue horse” by Eric Carle.

We both love reading it before bed each night.

On the inside of the jacket it says:

“In this book a child paints a blue horse.  Then, with growing confidence the young artist paints a series of other animals in bold, unrealistic colours and forms.  Young readers will readily empathize with the happiness the young artist expresses when the paintings are finished.

Through his eloquent pictures and an almost wordless text, Eric Carle will inspire young artists everywhere to use their imaginations.  They don’t have to ‘stay within the lines’.  And there certainly are no “wrong” colours.  Here is a book to give all children confidence in their own creativity!”

I also read that the author was inspired by “degenerate artists”.  (in this case Franz Marc. I especially love it where it says:

”…that children ought not to be inhibited by conventional rules, but instead, should be encouraged to express their natural talents freely and joyfully”

I know I sometimes feel inhibited by “conventional rules”, and that is why I think I enjoy creating these new works, since I try not to care about these rules….

According to wikipedia,

Degenerate art is the English translation of the German entartete Kunst, a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe virtually all modern art. Such art was banned on the grounds that it was un-German or Jewish Bolshevist in nature, and those identified as degenerate artists were subjected to sanctions. These included being dismissed from teaching positions, being forbidden to exhibit or to sell their art, and in some cases being forbidden to produce art entirely.”

So I wonder if history is not repeating itself with this ‘Brett Murray- Spear” saga.

I enjoy reading about this in all its different guises.  I especially enjoyed the article by Pierre De Vos in the recent Arttimes:

“While any South Africans seem to have gotten rather upset (in a choreographed expression of moral outrage) about the supposedly in human, racist, degrading and humiliating painting of our President because the painting depicts – gasp! – a penis, the real inhuman, racist, degrading and humiliating neglect of our government selling the school children of Limpopo down the drain goes unremarked on.   Why worry about a few million starving children when one can get cross about the Presidential willy.”

Wikipedia again:

As dictator, Hitler gave his personal taste in art the force of law to a degree never before seen. Only in Stalin’sSoviet Union, where Socialist Realism was the mandatory style, had a state shown such concern with regulation of the arts.[5]

It seems the same now….Anyway I dont like politics…

While searching degenerate art, I stumbled upon this website:

http://www.nachtkabarett.com/DegenerateArt

I really enjoyed it since I appreciate Marilyn Manson….

and Salvador Dali….

What a lovely combination!

“Manson as Dalí on a 2006 shot for Juxtapoz magazine, with his 1999 watercolor painting ‘Die Deutsche Kampferin’ (The German female fighter, a title derived from a woman’s magazine Nazi propaganda) representing an androgynous Hitler, a reference to Dalí’s fascination for fascism, particularly the sensuality and eroticism he claimed to see in Hitler, and to the “degenerate” nature of his work. Also notice the columbines next to the chaplinesque figure”

“This one was very much a dedication to Dalí because he had painted ‘Hitler as a Housewife’ and the paintings were destroyed when he exhibited them with the exhibition for Un Chien Andalou with Bunuel, and so no one has ever seen them. So when I was reading about them, I wanted to paint something in return, but living in Hollywood I thought there was a bit of Chaplin in it all. I think it’s funny when you have a mustache and it really defines sort of ‘evil’ or ‘funny’. Change hats, same moustache.”

Marilyn Manson, at the vernissage of his Trismegistus art show
December 5, 2008

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