There’s a common saying that goes “you have to know the rules before you can break them” and this is a motto all artist should try to follow. Having even a basic understanding of art history will help improve any painters craft. Studying art history allows you to see how other painters progressed in their craft, how they changed techniques or simply got better at what they were attempting over time. Studying art history will also give you a new context and way to think about the painting you are viewing. How they influenced and changed the world around them, which is an important thing for any artist to understand.You can find a quick rundown here Art impacts society and as such a painter should be as knowledgeable as possible about the possible impact they may have. A good painting is about more than technique, simply knowing how to paint well will not guarantee the creation of a painting that resonates with the viewer. The study of art history will also allow painters to know when they are breaking new ground. As a painter if you don’t know what others have done before you then how can you know if what your doing is truly unique?
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