I was cruising around the web today wondering how derivative my next post would be. I found this article, which made me feel very good about being derivative. The article talks about a Picasso exhibit on display in New York City. The author discusses how much Picasso imitated and copied. As a student Picasso painted, “Study of a Torso” (1895). The following passage is about the painting.
“The subject was a plaster cast of a Greek sculpture; in the 19th century, imitating earlier artists was central to studio practice in art school. For this drawing, the copy is layered, for the plaster cast itself is a copy of the original. The drawing, then, is an imitation of an imitation. I wondered how to categorize the postcard of this drawing, which was on sale in the bookstore.”
The article served as a helpful reminder that not every word or thought has to be original, especially in the blogosphere.