“The urge to create beauty, and a drive that cannot be laid to rest"
From as early as the Renaissance, artists such as Michelangelo, Titian and Donatello worked well into their eighties. In the 19th and 20th-century artists like Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Norman Rockwell continued this Model.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright worked until he was 92, and the projects he’s most famous for (Falling water, The Guggenheim Museum, Johnson Wax Headquarters) were all created after the age of 67.
Painter and potter Georgia O’Keeffe worked in the age of 99, and illustrator Al Hirschfeld created his drawings to the end of his life when he was months from turning 100 years old.
I have no intentions of retiring from my job as a painter as that is
my passion. I started at the age of 18 years old. My teacher Tony Nelson continues to teach private
art classes to this day at the age of 94 and she has no plans to quit anytime
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright 1867-1959
Clearly, artists are not immune to the effects of aging. Their work doesn’t experience the natural decline we see in the sports and music curves. Creative people are committed to their artistic growth, and that growth, if it lasts, brings new thoughts, new ideas and new meanings of expression.
The difference in our comparisons is that artists do not, for the most part, rely on their physical bodies to communicate Art.
Artists who remain fully engaged with their art reach higher and higher toward, yet, unrealized possibilities.
|THE CREATION OF ADAM (Michelangelo)|
|SACRED AND PROFANE LOVE (Titian) painted 1514|
|Claud Monet 1840-1926|
|CLIFF WALK AT POURVILLE ( Monet)|
|SOLOMON R GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM ( Frank Lloyd Wright)|
|FALLINGWATER IN FAYETTE CO PENNSYLIVANIA ( Frank Lloyd Wright)|
|NORMAN ROCKWELL 1894-1978|
|PABLO PICASSO 1881-1973|