Working alongside Jules Bastien-Lepage, he was a brilliant painter who in his early career experimented with different styles.
Some painters couldn’t miss the chance to promote their art over the new medium of photography. Even though the war was lost, top photographers still liked their portraits painted.
After a period writing for his living, Krohg painted two series: one about sailing and the sea, the other about the artist’s model.
We’re easily convinced of the reality of 2D images – as when early audiences panicked as the Lumières’ train ran at them in a movie. How has our exposure to pictures changed, though?
What to our ancestors would have been blurred and defective images are now accepted as depicting motion. How our perception has changed, thanks to photography.
The mental images which we perceive are created in the brain, which has some fixed ideas about how to do that. They’re not the same as optical laws used in cameras and related devices.
Their working methods could hardly have been more different, but they shared a common interest.
With Chase, colleagues, and their students, he laid the foundations of American painting in the 20th century. But the nudes got him into trouble!
Is video “the best way to tell stories”? Is live-streaming the way ahead for social media? Or is this just marketing hype?
One reason for the continuing popularity of more traditional means of storytelling is their lack of explicitness, and reliance on the imagination.