Having never ventured into the world of fine art \u2013 modern or classic, I was tentative about the subject. What if I did not understand anything, what if I did not appreciate anything, what if I asked silly questions \u2026.and so on.\nThat is why solo lessons on the internet are so easy \u2026.the only one to whom one reveals one\u2019s ignorance is Google-God. And he does not judge.\nBut here I was on a chill autumn day in Montreal, delighted to visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Art for the exhibition \u201cVan Gogh to Kadinsky, Impressionism to Expressionism, 1900-1914\u201d.\nThe reason for my delight? I had been invited by a Professor of Fine Art and his friend both prominent enthusiasts of textile art, to accompany them to museum.\nWalking in step with the learned ones, I received a commentary on the overall theme of the exhibition, the various categories of paintings as well on individual paintings.\nI listened. And absorbed.\nThe exhibition begins with displays of the art produced in the 1900s and ends with displays of the work produced around the start of WWI.\u00a0 Flowing from\u00a0 Impressionism to Expressionism the posters offer insights into the dynamics of those times and the factors that influenced the trends.\nFor years I have had one question that had remained unanswered in my ignorant head \u2013 \u2018what was it that made some of these artists so famous / popular / revered, especially since today if one were to see any of these paintings in a blind test \u2013 without any background knowledge, one might not be so struck by them\u2019.\nThey say \u2018when a student is ready the teacher appears\u2019.\nAt this museum visit I was given the answer: That at that time, the originality and power of their works is the one factor that attracted attention. And with a play of probabilities and the passage of time, these artists began to be considered as masters of art. Today, those techniques have been copied and emulated a hundred times over and so in a blind test this may seem common. But at that time these artists were pioneers. Never before had such forms of painting been seen and so they dazzled the viewers of the time.\n\n\n\u00a0A few pictures from the visit showcasing works of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, C\u00e9zanne and Kandinsky and others .\n \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \n***\n\n\nWith my hosts\n\nBy the end of the visit I realised how fortunate I was, to be receiving my first lesson in fine art, from a professor of art, with real masterpieces as examples to learn from!\u00a0 Am so grateful!\n***\nEnd thoughts:\nThe overall state\u00a0 of a people is reflected in (among other things) how its society values and engages itself in art*.\nThe high turnout at the museum on the weekday struck me!\u00a0 I think there were more people here than at the shopping malls. What a delightful finding!\n \nIt is hard not to like Montreal! It is one the coldest cities on the planet [2 days ago it was colder there than it is on Mars] yet my experience was among the warmest I have had as a tourist in a foreign city!\njm\nJan 2015\n[*No doubt many other factors such as longevity of eras free from war / epidemics / natural disasters and other factors also contribute to whether or not one has time for art.]\n\n\nThe post My first lesson in Fine Art appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.