In fact, it strikes me that without the right kind of theoretical writing to validate their work many of the great artists of the past would be in real trouble in today's art world: can you get into an MFA program or a decent gallery without an artist's statement? I doubt it.
An Old Master working today would definitely need some strong postmodern language to support his/her "artistic practice." Here are some samples of the kinds of "Artist's Statements" that I think would be required of European Old Masters if they tried to get a show in New York or Los Angeles today.
-Juan Sánchez Cotán
- Jean-Honore Fragonard
- Hieronymus Bosch
- Tiziano Vecellio
- Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez
- Rembrandt Van Rijn
OK: I had to slip that in there.
That is what an actual artist's statement sounds like...