How Hans Namuth Increased Public Awareness About Expressionism Art
While many artists were making headway into the expressionistic art form, they were greatly unaccepted by the majority of the public eye. During the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, this kind of art form was born and began taking ridicule from the experts of that time. The subject matter was unacceptable due to it being drawn from intense emotion of the artist instead of being simple still life or portraits. However, thanks to photographer Hans Namuth, some artists were recognized and the art form was accepted in a new light.
Starting out snapping shots during war and doing simple portraits, Namuth had a hankering for a certain type of photography he was not aware of until the fifties. He studied under the great Alexey Brodovitch and while doing so, came across the artist named Jackson Pollack. Pollack was a sort of modern day Van Gogh in his art style. Once Namuth saw this artist at work, he had his first taste of his career destiny.
Namuth convinced Brodovitch Pollack was well worth photographing due to his unique style of painting. When approached by the photographer about capturing him at work, Pollack agreed due greatly to the influence of his wife. This began a long term and sometimes volatile relationship between the two artists. However, no one could have known at the time how famous Pollack was going to become due to these simple photographic sessions.
Pollack painted in a drip method that was alarming to many of that time. He was thought by many to simply sling brightly colored paints in every direction for no reason, expecting everyone to accept it as something it was not. However, when photography and filming of his painting methods were made public, experts and art lovers began to see another part of Pollack never seen before. He did have focus and real direction in his drip method, only no one had ever seen it actually happening.
Because of the photos and film of Pollack, many other budding artists began to emerge into the expressionism style. Frank Stella, Mark Rothco, and Robert Rauschenberg were only a few of the artists to gain popularity due to this photographer’s great talents and friendly persistence. Readers should bear in mind many of these artists were self absorbed and did not fancy being in the public eye in any way aside from their work.
Expressionism art has come along way into the modern world of today. Without it, society would certainly be lacking an important aspect of every artist and their emotional influences in their work. Thanks to this photographer’s dedication, everyone today can appreciate the real passion behind many masterpieces.
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