This week's blog post is written by Sherry Bingaman of Nueva Vida.
I suggest reading a fun book called the Secret Lives of Great Artists by Elizabeth Lunday. Of course not all artists led crazy lives, but many of the most famous staggered from one drama to another. For this book, the author collected the most outrageous tales about major artists—“all the good stuff your art history professors left out.” This little book changes the way you will view these artists, knowing many details of their lives you never read about before. Your new perspective on Michelangelo’s nudes, Monet’s water lilies, and Warhol’s Marilyns will help you add a witty quote or a scandalous anecdote to a conversation.
Here are some interesting bits from this fun book:
These details are amusing, but a person can paint like a master and still be a jerk. Knowing the drama that many artists endured can enhance your understanding of their ultimate success. In the end, we can be happy most artists died of something other than boredom. Many of the most interesting lives were lived on the edge of chaos, where great art is born.