It's not arrogance or nonsense and it's not something you can spell out in a formula. Just apply this same idea to any art form and art history. Are you saying that anybody can pick up a camera and learn to be Ansel Adams or Henri Cartier Bresson? That anybody can eventually become Beethoven or Bach? That anybody can learn to become Albert Einstein? That is the golden touch. Call it a random mutation or a gift from the gods. Whether undiscovered or developed late in life, some have it and some don't but, of course and obviously, there's also a spectrum of artists and ability in-between.Quote from: OrangutanSorry, pet peeve: I have to respond to this nonsense.
- Would you care to provide some proof of this? Show me some well-designed scientific studies to show that people cannot "learn" or "develop" ability as artists.
- Define "talent." If you consider it innate, please explain how degrees of talent can be distinguished in newborns or toddlers, and how early identification of talent can be correlated to great work later in life.
- How would you classify someone who started painting only late in life (as my great-grandmother did in her 70's)? Would you say that was latent talent or developed skill? How could you tell the difference? Or would you simply manipulate your definitions to suit?
While it is certainly true that people are born with inherent differences, it is the height of arrogance to proclaim that some are gifted with the golden touch, while others are forever doomed to live the mediocre and drab life of the non-artist.
Being great at something doesn't require being a prodigy, it simply takes more time and effort. No, not everyone can be a Beethoven composing symphonies at the age of 5, but if you have the desire and passion for something, you can learn how to be great. As for Ansel Adams, it was his passion for nature that led him to learn photography. It's not as if he was "great" overnight, but don't take my word for it:
"My photographs have now reached a stage when they are worthy of the world's critical examination. I have suddenly come upon a new style which I believe will place my work equal to anything of its kind." -- Ansel Adams, 1927 (6 years after his first photographs were published).