Thoughts no.7 – the craftsman and the artist

yuioAs so often happens in writing this blog, I come up against a topic I wish I could adequately discuss. But I am only a composer…………and I will have, once again, to use a decidedly unacademic approach………

Let us take as an example of artistry the beautiful gates to Peggy Guggenheim’s palazzo on the Canale Grande. God bless the artist who made them, because they are just wonderful.

…then all around the sleeping castle there grew a dense hedge of thorns, impenetrable to all……save to one…a handsome prince………

Then walk across the across the Ponte dell’Accademia to Piazza San Marco and you see an example of craftsmen at work. With a few quick strokes of the palette knife, these “kitsch painters” can conjure up a Venetian scene – and people DO buy garish things. I myself would never stoop so low of course – indeed, with my refinement of taste, I must in some former life certainly have have been Parisian………

These examples I choose are quite amusing, because you might expect a painter to be classed as an artist. On the other hand, you might expect someone who makes a pair of gates to be classed as a craftsman. Not so in this case.

The two concepts are quite clear when held apart like this. The craftsman has a routine approach. We don’t expect him to be slow about his business. An artist however might well take some weeks asking himself the question “what could a pair of gates be?”

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