Maybe we don't care about a personal expression by an individual...
Because we are ALL that cool....and special
But maybe we are not quite as unique as we might think.
Art is a unique view of the world...
George Bellows was an artist in the early part of the 20th century. He painted boxing matches. The first of his paintings that I saw was not completely realistic. Bellows must have loved the subject, a boxing match. He expresses passion and excitement in his work. Later by the 1920's his work was more realistic.
I like his 1909 painting of the boxing match. It is so powerful and raw that I feel like the sweat of the boxers might land on me. It's not realistic but loose in an expressionistic style with strokes of paint that suggest the figures which are painted in long lines that are plausible only in a passionate elongated view. Bellows gives us abstraction to show masculine power in action. Unlike the tight, realistic versions that came later, the early painting shows the strength and desperation that the boxer puts into the punch. He has to win!
Which one is better the fast and loose more abstract version or the realistic version?
We chose which one we like.
As artists, all we can do is plod along and try not to take criticism or praise too seriously. It's all a matter of opinion and it can change drastically and dramatically in NY minute.