Why I identify with Charles Lees 🎨
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- •I have to apologise from the start. Charles Lee is this man:A former British Army officer who joined the Continental Army as general during the American Revolutionary War.
- •The man I am referring to and have made a typo for is Charles Lees: (🏆🏢 The Museum of BrentMWiggins)This seems to be the best image of him but haven't found any better.
- •Charles Lees is a Scottish painter known for his depictions of life in Scotland and sporting events.Duddingston Loch Skating Scene
- •I like his approach to recreational nature of sports, as I too find myself enjoying sports as a spectator more than as a participant at times. To see where the play could have worked better for the player as a vicarious voyeur, for me, is just as exciting as playing.
- •His most famous painting of a sporting event is his "The Golfers."Said to be "the most famous golfing work of art in the world," and again, my appreciation for the butterfly or domino effect of sports is here. To watch motions unfold and the attention to form in these moments are exciting to witness and capture.
- •The likenesses of both the players and spectators were also captured, making this painting not only Romantic Age art with heightened emotions, but an early piece of Realist art.
- •To see the truth in art or literature or any expression is a necessary freedom to realize.
- •Clive Bell's abiding belief, to paraphrase, of art is this: art is best that makes you feel emotions you did not feel before. Art's purpose is not solely objective"beauty" but rather a means to reach a multitude of subjective emotions to explore and express without the threat of repeating emotions we have for the material world we live in.Clive Bell; English art critic.
- •Art is suppose to lift us out from the mundane and regular emotions of familiarity and meet what Bell calls an ecstacy. True art is primitive for Bell and the emotions, the meaning put behind a sport or action that a player or person has decided to commit to is a subjective and personal experience that we all can relate to.
- •The ecstacy of it all however does not lie in the mundanity and familiarity of the sports themselves.
- •The ecstacy is found in the meaning we bring to the sport, the emotions we bring to it, and the emotions and meanings we have yet to receive or understand from others relatable experience of attending or participating in a sport.
- •I for example do not jump, jeer, or jolt at sporting events like most others will. I do sometimes wince or point out the error with a point of a finger or open hand but never out of cheated anger or spite for the other team. I like to see good, sportsmanlike conduct succeed without fights on and off the field.
- •Their ecstacy of motion and emotion is a quality I still appreciate and understand even though I don't think to do or act the same. My ecstacy for their ecstacy is similar and different for the same objective topic of sports and different subjective bouts of emotions respectively.
- •As long as your emotions remain valid coupled with the new emotions unbeknownst to you that art creates, art has left impressed upon you a new ecstacy of truth.
- •I relate most to Lees for his ability to stay true to his home of Scotland while using a classicist approach from his learning in Rome to stretch and contract. The exaggerations or romantic and heightened emotions and the reality of those emotions make the truth of his work an experiment and an experience that remains true equally on both accounts.
- •Being a writer, telling the truth is the most important tool I have.