I decided last week that it was time I started reading again. I was in what they call a "speciality program" in high school which was centered around tying in all forms of education and art. I took a class every year called "perspectives" which centered around art history and then in my history and english classes I would be reading and learning about the events that were happening during the art period times that I was learning about. A really clever approach to education and even though I might have complained about it back then, it really helped me in the long run.
Every since high school. I have always had a special place in my heart for art history. I minored in it during college because I was too chicken to major in it and felt like I wouldn't be able to find a job. I don't have too many regrets, but if I could change one thing, I wish I followed my passion and stuck with art history as my major. But, I have my own opinions on college...
Anyways, now that I graduated, it is nice to have leisure time to keep up with the things I loved. My two favorite art periods are the Renaissance and Impressionism. Kind of funny since they are somewhat polar opposites. I have started reading this book:
The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe
I am thoroughly enjoying it because not only does it touch on the art movement, but it literally touches on the "private lives" of these artists--Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, and others, touching on exact situations and how they all came together and met and formed an inspiring movement. I feel like on every page I am learning something new which definitely makes this a page turner. I can see how this would bore a lot of people but this sort of stuff interests me so if you are an art buff--definitley pick this one up!