THE ARTIST PROJECT: Zhang Xiaogang On El Greco's The Vision Of Saint John
"Art should express what is inside someone. It should express a person’s unique perspective." Francisco Goya was one of the first artists to take a leap, twist his composition, with unreal palette and rising figures. In a time where artists were mainly focusing on society and realism. Goya already began to contemplate a terribly important subject matter, Zhang Xiaogang says. His paintings expressed a person's psychological interiority.
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