John G Anderson Analysis

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John G. Anderson, the youngest son of Walter Anderson, deliberates about the eccentric perspective of the unique beauty in the paintings and craftworks of American watercolorist and ceramicist Walter Inglis Anderson in context of his mental illness. After several months of careful observations and treatments, Walter was diagnosed with self-destructive depression and schizophrenia which led to his strong self-expression of nature as a peaceful escape from irksome responsibilities and duties of parenthood, marriage, and labor. Taking a personal approach to the retrospective history of Walter’s sanity as mentally ill, John G. Anderson states how people avoided to interact with him because he lived alone in a different world based on beauty, serenity, and order than from the world we live in. Furthermore, John G. extends into the mentality of Walter Anderson’s relationship to nature through his eyes as an artist rather than a typical biography. This source supports my explanation of how Walter Anderson’s mental illness led him into expressing his unique perspective of nature in art. Also, the text provides and honest statement to others’ …show more content…
In the beginning, his artistic journey began in his childhood with his mother’s creative ability as an artist and writer. Throughout his life, he assimilated the myriad artistic styles from ancient to contemporary like Native Americans, as well as the philosophies of art theorists and mystics such as Thoreau and Walter Emerson, into a design of his surreal artwork which a variety of patterns, repetition, balance and counterbalance of shapes. This source provides information about his unique combination of the principles of art and use of primary and complementary colors which connects to his influence of Horn Island as one of Mississippi’s best

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