We don't see the things as they are ... We see them as we are!
Does art allow rules? What or who rules art?
We all stand on the shoulders of heroes! What are the requirements for the label "original"?
The perspective of "Theme": Bible, battle, landscape or women? Even abstract art seems to be thematic!
Another perspective and part of the artists signature is the matter of "style" ...
The oeuvre gives by it's expression an impression of how a life is spend ...
Expressionism came to stay ... It's the release valve of the tormented artist in modern ages. 
Technology not only changes what can be done but also what's needed ... One might ask how wanted the imagination of the artist is nowadays ...
Some criteria to value art depend on the function of the art. Ever tried to get commitment about the function of art?
It might be that a straight line is not natural and maybe even non existing. Is that reason enough to dislike it? 
No evolution without (a kind of) revolution. Revolution makes thirsty. That's a known phenomenon.
What post-impressionists have in common is that they are post-impressionists ... explorers and founding fathers of new ways of expression.
According to CoBrA everybody is an artist.
War is destruction ... After war things feel different ... That the time of "becoming" when creativity will claim space to flow. 
Things become really interesting when abstract and concrete meet in a symbiotic mixture.
Some explore the icy poles. Others are more attracted to unseen constructions of form and color. Both are shifting the limits.
You can do with a housewife for decoration, but it needs an artist to create art. If you get these talents and intentions mixed up, household nor art will be satisfying.
They may be not as famous as their rebellion Parisian colleagues but what an extraordinary painters they were, these dutch impressionists ...  
What drives a man to take a charcoal, knife, pencil or aerosol to decorate wall, door or canvas to his idea? 
Rubens, Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer, not the least talented ... they will tell you that painting might bring wealth but more likely barely enough to survive.
Whether it's about visual art, music, philosophy, politics, business or science ... To understand why things are today as they are, you must virtually visit Berlin, Munich, Vienna and a lot of other "austrian-german" cities throughout the ages.
Gustav Klimt claimed "The era it's art, the art it's freedom" ... And he showed the high society a nice ass ... 
Some years later not only art's freedom but all freedom in Germany was exchanged for what Paul Klee called "Das Grau der Macht" (the bleak of power). Many german artists searched and found freedom in the USA and became the teachers of the post war US art rebellions. 
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