The Myths ascribed to Artists...



It is a general thought that artists are special creatures who speak a special language; that can only be deciphered by the most sensitive.
Artists are viewed as geniuses; and, as such, tolerance must be practiced when witnessing their “occasional” erratic behaviour.

Below you’ll find some of the myths conferred to this class:
  • Artists speak in a divine code: well, if Rap artists’ language reflects the Divine may God help us all. If some painters’ art express the code of God (or even the gods) then Heaven (or the Olympus) must be full of perverts and troubled people.
  • Artists are all for peace and love: Picasso exerted psychological violence upon the women in his life; Edgar Degas became an anti-Semite; it is said that Clint Eastwood displays violent behaviour from times to times; Russel Crowe likes to punch the paparazzi; António Lobo Antunes (a Portuguese writer) insults people...
  • Artists are sane individuals: Modigliani drank his art & life away; Antero de Quental (a Portuguese Poet & Philosopher) was constantly depressed and (after being disappointed at socialism) killed himself; Van Gogh cut his own ear; Marquis de Sade suffered from sexual perversion...
  • Artists always have good taste: Versace’s house was horrible; Yves Saint Laurent’s flats were so packed with antiques and art objects that it bordered bad taste and vulgarity. Then we have those artists living in the midst of empty bottles, trash, and disorganisation who are deified; and their lack of taste, of organisation and order is extolled as eccentricity.
  • Artists are always balanced: many are the personification of disequilibrium - Marilyn Monroe (poor soul); Ernest Hemingway; Jim Morrison; Sylvia Plath; Kurt Cobain; Sá Carneiro (a Portuguese writer who was unbalanced and killed himself); Amy Winehouse (blessed be her heart)...
  • Artists are above politics: yeah...right. Picasso was considered the icon of communism and Wagner was an icon of the Nazi Party. Plus, nowadays it is trendy for artists to be political activists (in some cases they do an excellent job [Mia Farrow & George Clooney] and in other cases they occasionally make a fool of themselves [Vanessa Redgrave & Denis Glover, for example]).
One could go on and on; however the point is: artists are people just like you and I. They may have a special gift; but guess what? You and I have our own special gifts too. They have problems just like every human being does. They are as Zen, or not, as the next individual...


Image: Apollo Belvedere by Leochares

Comments

  1. I had never thought of Clint Eastwood as an artist, but maybe there is something artistic about point a gun at someone and saying, "Go ahead, make my day.". I guess that makes California's Governator an artist too. Michelangelo was a famous grouch who used his art to express his annoyance with others.

    But what about Lady Gaga?

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  2. Hey Looney :D!

    "I had never thought of Clint Eastwood as an artist, but maybe there is something artistic about point a gun at someone and saying, "Go ahead, make my day."."

    LOL LOL...I see your point.

    "I guess that makes California's Governator an artist too. Michelangelo was a famous grouch who used his art to express his annoyance with others."

    Oh, Cali's Governor is considered an artist indeed (at least in Europe, but do not ask me why, cause I am not much of a fan).
    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL Michelangelo was weird like most renaissance artists *nodding*.

    "But what about Lady Gaga?"

    Lady Gaga...again, not much of a fan. She tries too hard to be controversial, too hard...

    Looney, thank you so much for this awesome comment :D.

    Cheers

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  3. Artists are human beings too just like you and me and I don't see the reason why their moods have to be tolerated.

    Thanks Max! I wish you a good one as well. :) :) :)


    *hugs*

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  4. Hi Liza :D!

    "Artists are human beings too just like you and me and I don't see the reason why their moods have to be tolerated."

    Well, the general idea is to tolerate their moods because they are like "gods" (since they have a special gift; as if we didn't) *nodding*. I know what I do when before a silly artist.

    "Thanks Max! I wish you a good one as well. :) :) :)"

    You are most welcome! Thanks, darling :D!

    *hugs*

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  5. Interesting post and info he he he...Some new pieces of info for me about some of those you talked about there...but you're right...they're just humans like us, with weaknesses and strengths...challenges, temptations...

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  6. Max you are really dissecting life, I really like that. You know I think I told you that, your writing always have the twist, it starts with seriousness, and than BANG BANG lol, and its funny many times. You know what you said in the last paragraph is true, they are not any different than us, the only difference is that they are public figures now, and anything anyone will find about them, they will tell the world. I think that is the draw back of being famous.

    Hey hope all is well with you. Hopefully enjoying your summer Max. And thanks for the smiles.

    Anna :)

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  7. Max nice article about Artist haaha.. you have a unique way of describing everything.

    Have a wonderful Weekend!

    Love
    Sunshine

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  8. My father is an artist (and yes, a full-time one!) and there is one thing I learned through the years : artists don't choose to be artists, they are just this way. :-D

    Doesn't make them any better than anybody else, that said, being an artist is a job like any other.

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  9. Hi! Like you, I propose that an artist lives within all of us.

    Some go on to great fame and fortune, while many of us plug away with the things that give us great enjoyment, without the need to be financially rewarded or recognised internationally.

    But having said that, I'm sure those that went on to great fame and fortune, would have said the same thing when they first started.

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  10. Artists should be revered for they got the ability to make people connect through laughter, tears, fear and joy. However, it does not mean that their human idiosyncrasies are different from yours and mine.

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  11. Hey Amel :D!

    "Interesting post and info he he he...Some new pieces of info for me about some of those you talked about there...but you're right...they're just humans like us, with weaknesses and strengths...challenges, temptations..."

    Darling, thank you so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  12. Hi Anna :D!

    "Max you are really dissecting life, I really like that."

    Why, thank you, darling *bowing*.

    "You know I think I told you that, your writing always have the twist, it starts with seriousness, and than BANG BANG lol, and its funny many times. You know what you said in the last paragraph is true, they are not any different than us, the only difference is that they are public figures now, and anything anyone will find about them, they will tell the world. I think that is the draw back of being famous."

    lol you know how we roll here at the MAX lol. True, the downside of being famous is the constant availability...sometimes I feel sorry for those celebs *nodding*.

    "Hey hope all is well with you. Hopefully enjoying your summer Max. And thanks for the smiles."

    Girl, all is well with me. Oh summer is killing me: it's too bloody hot and I am wishing for winter already *nodding*. You're welcome: I am here to make you smile!

    Anna, thank you so much for your comment :D.

    A huge smile to you, my dear friend :D.

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  13. Hi Sunshine :D!

    "Max nice article about Artist haaha.. you have a unique way of describing everything."

    Thank you, darling *bowing*...

    And thanks for your kind words :D!

    Cheers

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  14. Hi Zhu :D!

    "My father is an artist (and yes, a full-time one!) and there is one thing I learned through the years : artists don't choose to be artists, they are just this way. :-D"

    LOL yes, because there are those part-time artists, right? (somewhere, some artist will want to kick my butt for having said this lol).
    I hear you!

    "Doesn't make them any better than anybody else, that said, being an artist is a job like any other."

    *nodding in agreement*....

    Zhu, merci pour ton commentaire: c'est superb! :D

    Cheers

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  15. Hi Peter :D!

    "Some go on to great fame and fortune, while many of us plug away with the things that give us great enjoyment, without the need to be financially rewarded or recognised internationally."

    True...

    "But having said that, I'm sure those that went on to great fame and fortune, would have said the same thing when they first started."

    LOL well thought and said...

    Peter, thank you so much for having shared your wisdom with us :D.

    Cheers

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  16. Hi Dux :D!

    "Artists should be revered for they got the ability to make people connect through laughter, tears, fear and joy. However, it does not mean that their human idiosyncrasies are different from yours and mine."

    Then many people are artists (since they make people connect through the fore mentioned emotions), even if unknown ones.
    I hear you, man!

    Dux, thank you so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  17. Artists are exceptional beings, but when they get overwhelmed by their talent and they lack the capability of ego's management; the world is shaken with deplorable behaviour and suddenly we realise that they're just human beings like the rest of us.

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  18. Hi C.C :D!

    Hear, Hear! I agree with you guys!

    Thanks a lot for your valued input :D!

    Cheers

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