Famous Artists Throughout History

There have been many famous artists throughout history who have been viewed as being quite eccentric or strange. Some of them are well known for their eccentric behavior; others seem to fly under the radar. Here are a few artists who were considered to be rather odd by some people:

Vincent Van Gogh

Dutch painter famous for his “Starry Night” painting and many other works that would become iconic in art history books worldwide. While he is now highly revered as one of the greatest painters of all time, there was a period when he lived off of charity donations from friends and family members after having had several breakdowns (he had epilepsy). During this time, Van Gogh often cut off parts of his ear due to what doctors believed was an intense form of epilepsy.

Mark Rothko

American painter who created many huge paintings in which colors bleed into one another, creating a very soft, almost ethereal effect in his work. Many of his works were large murals meant to be displayed in public places such as museums and libraries. Still, he refused to lend out any original artworks for fear that they might not return to him unharmed (he was probably right about this). He also had a habit of throwing away or destroying any artwork he deemed unworthy after completing it.

Andy Warhol

A famous pop artist whose “Campbell’s Soup Can Series” became famous worldwide and helped usher the Pop Art movement into existence during the 1960s and 1970s. Warhol was afraid of being seen in public, so much so that he would never eat at restaurants or attend parties alone. This led him to hire a personal assistant who would often have an elaborate disguise ready for Warhol when he had business meetings or social engagements to go to.

Vincent Price

An American actor and well-known horror film star who performed many voice roles in animated movies during his career (he played “Eugene” in Disney’s The Little Mermaid). Well known for his distinctive sinister laugh, there were rumors among the Hollywood community that said Price liked to collect shrunken heads (among other bizarre things), which could explain why some people might think he was strange.

Glenn Gould

Canadian pianist who was well-known for his innovative style of playing classical music at a very fast pace, which made him quite popular in the 1960s to 1980s when he was alive. He also had a nervous habit of tapping on the piano’s keys with both hands while performing that would cause the piano to sound out of tune if someone else were to play it afterward.

Salvador Dali

Spanish painter whose surrealist style would later influence other famous artists such as Andy Warhol. While he is often viewed as eccentric because of his artworks and his outlandish personality, many rumors claim the artist was a bit crazy or at least had some mental disorder.

Claude Debussy

French composer who is most famous for composing the music used in the ballet “Rite of Spring” by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. While many people view him as just being eccentric due to how he dressed, there are rumors that Debussy had some mental illness or disorder that made it difficult for him to get along with other people (unlike his rival Maurice Ravel). He disliked large crowds because they would cause psychological stress within him, but this did not stop him from attending events where lots of people would be in attendance.

Paul Gauguin

French painter famous for his painting “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going,” which later became one of the most famous works in art history books worldwide. He was known to have had an affair with a Tahitian woman after he decided to move there, and when she died years later, it is said that Gauguin cut off her head to preserve it (he also did this with some other people who would pass away). When asked why he would do something like this, Gauguin claimed they were still alive in spirit.

Franz Kafka

A famous writer who is best known for his novels such as The Metamorphosis, but he also wrote some short stories which are known to be quite odd. It’s said that Kafka liked to write in the dark and would often use a gas lamp or candlelight instead of the electric lights, even when writing during daytime hours (he had terrible eyesight). He also used to have frequent nightmares about being chased by large figures wearing nightcaps.

Maurice Ravel

French composer who was very close friends with Claude Debussy, whom he often played music with at parties and social gatherings around Paris where both men lived during their adult lives. It is said that Ravel once severed ties with his wife after she became pregnant because he felt it made him look too old.

Why Art is Important to Society

Art is important to society for many reasons. It is, first of all, a reflection of the times in which it was created. This means that art can be used to look back at history and understand how people felt about certain events or leaders during their lifetimes.

For example, looking at an oil painting depicting William Shakespeare will allow you to see him just as his fans did during his life. You may even feel like you are getting close to understanding what he was like as a person through this kind of artwork alone.

Inspiring

Art is also important because it inspires others to create great works themselves. A classical music fan might find her creativity spurned by listening to Mozart’s work; for example, she might feel inspired enough to try composing some music herself after hearing how good Mozart sounded on his own. It’s important because it can inspire others to create their masterpieces for the future.

Sharing Experiences

Art is also social in that it allows us to share our experiences through depictions of them on canvases, sculptures, and similar mediums. For example, a painting depicting a war scene may allow you to experience what a soldier saw during their time there without ever leaving your home; this helps you feel as though you have been there yourself! This is important because it allows us to avoid the dangers of these events but still learn from them.

Expressing Views

Art can also be used as a way for artists to express their views about the world around them. Many famous political figures have had works of art created about them by people who admired or hated them; this helps us understand what they were like during life and why some people loved or hated them so much. This is important because we can learn more about politicians and other important people through their art than we might from a biography alone.

Finally, it’s important because it helps us to appreciate what we have. Artists may choose to include messages in their works that remind viewers of the importance of things like love and family; this can help you remember how precious these things are while also helping you appreciate them more than ever before. This is important because it can remind you to hold onto what matters in life.

Types of Art

There are many forms of art, and each form has its tools. To create music, you need an instrument; you need brushes, paints, and canvas to paint a picture. But what about the art of storytelling? How do you go about it?

The first thing that comes to mind is writing, but writing is not the only way to tell a story. The art of telling stories goes back to the beginning of time. Cavemen used to draw images on cave walls, which were then narrated into stories by other members of the tribe. These primitive drawings were also able to convey messages; warnings, messages for other tribes, etc.

So it would seem that drawing was an important tool in early storytelling, but drawings are not limited to cavemen or cave drawings. We all draw every day. A drawing in a diary is a prime example. And a diary entry can be a story in itself.

Then there’s the art of photography. The camera records images then puts them into a photo album or displayed on the computer screen or in an art gallery. A photograph can tell its own story, and many photographers have made their living by selling their photos to magazines and newspapers worldwide.

And so it goes on with different types of artistic expression: from cave paintings to digital artwork, from music composition to poetry recitation, from dance choreography to acting performances, from sculpture work to oil painting and watercolor paintings; these days, we can do almost anything with our imagination and creativity, and all of it is art!

Whatever we draw on our canvases or design in our sculptures, it has no meaning if we fail to give form to that already. It doesn’t matter whether the object or idea that you want to convey exists or not; what matters is how you create that image. Not everybody can be an artist, but only some people are artistic geniuses who have a knack for expressing thoughts through their work.

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