The Photography/Painting Debate

In my advanced watercolor class this semester, my instructor Braldt Bralds had to seek special permission to allow us to use photographs as references for our paintings.  While it's nice to work from life, it's not always possible to, for example, capture a roaring lion, a baby seal, or a volcanic eruption.  While art departments and art critics continue the photography/painting debate, I was delighted to discover an article, "Did Famous Artists Use Photographs," offering absolute proof that artists like Picasso, Degas, Kahlo, Cezanne, Gaugin, Van Gogh and others relied on photographs.  Here's a link to the article:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/blythart/writing/2707929-did-famous-artists-use-photographs.  

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