“Perhaps one of the most essential exercises in learning to paint is the copying of master works in the museums.” Igor Babailov
This is very true, but the important thing for me are the words ‘exercises’ and ‘learning’.
Today I went to collect a box of art books for a friend from a lady whose husband had sadly died earlier this year. The walls of her living room wer covered in ‘famous’ paintings, Rembrandt’s Nightwatch, Harlequin and Companion by Picasso, several by van Gogh and so on. It was clear that the late gentleman was quite a competent artist. I wanted to ask where was his own work, but that would not have been appropriate.
I remember copying a portrait of Matisse by Andre Derain. I learnt a lot about Derain’s technique from doing so, knowledge which I applied the following week to a self-portrait in the style of Derain.