It was a few days ago that David B. published on Facebook some photographs he had taken. Without knowing where these were taken I immediately ralized that these could have been made some 50 even 120 years ago.
I refer to the Hollywood sign paintings by Ed Ruscha and the landscapes around Arles by Vincent van Gogh.
Without knowing, we have learned to look at objects, landscapes and forms like we are our own artists and these observations must have influenced us in the way we look at the world around us and take and create our own art with the many pictures we nowadays can take with camera’s and phones. It even proves that art is important for those who have an open mind towards it. Learning from the art and artists they have encountered in museums and galeries, to create their own interprations of the world around them.
http://www.ftn-books.com has some very nice Ruscha and van Gogh titles available.