|Night Blooming Cereus by Sally Mann|
There are so many ways to label art. Is it fine art? decorative? One of the worst things you can say about a work of art is that it's pretty. Pretty art gets dismissed. Pretty art is boring. In other words, if it's not ugly or provocative, it's not important—it's not real art.
Well, I reject that. Art can be pretty. These works are interesting and also just plain beautiful:
|Blue Horse by Lily Stockman|
(see also Susan Rothenberg's horses)
|Desert Night by Sean Scully|
|Sunflower by Chuck Close|
|White Center by Mark Rothko|
|Interaction of Color by Josef Albers|
Clearly these show my own preference—my own definition of "pretty." (And of "interesting," for that matter. These are all contemporary or mid 20th century, periods that I'm most drawn to. As my husband just pointed out, "It's interesting that so many people object to modern and abstract art. In some ways it's far more accessible than some 17th=century baroque work that's filled with religious symbols." ) But just to show you another kind of "pretty," here's a beautiful painting by Caravaggio (the epitome of baroque):
|Basket of Fruit|
(admittedly a very modern, minimalist baroque painting)
My point is that the two qualities can go hand in hand.