Yesterday I went to check out the recently opened European Masters exhibition at the NGV. There are some AMAZING pieces on display as well as some that aren't but can still be highly appreciated. My favourite pieces would be a large piece in the first room, called 'The 1000 year old oak tree' (As you walk in the first room turn 90 degrees to your left and there it is!) My other favourite would be the Picasso that is the very last painting on your left before you exit the exhibition.
As I walked through the exhibition I started thinking about how skilled the painters where of this time and it started me thinking that maybe the high skill that is needed to create these highly detailed, amazingly real coloured oil painting is somehow lost these days. The teaching back in the 1800's is obviously vastly different to the teaching of today, and I'm not saying that we should still be teaching in the say ways as the 1800's, but it seems that our idea of intelligence in to have a large knowledge over a huge number of categories. This has been a great way to create a smarter more intelligent population but has, in my opinion, lost those special skills and thinking that would create theses masterpieces. Therefore making the pieces that are still in existent from this time even more special because there will never be any more like them created.
Our way of educating has created a superior population but are all more or less the same and 'the way of thinking' that creates perfectly composed and painted works of art are lost for the rest of time.
Germany is a lucky country to be the owners of such an amazing collection