Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Art Apprentice

Lara Stone Playing Art Apprentice for Bruce Weber. Courtesy Vogue Ilalia. 

Romantically, I suspect there are still opportunities to learn the craft of beauty in parts of Europe (teasingly, UK site confirms this), but in these grand States of the Americas, what happened to apprenticing outside of bricklaying and boilers? Yes, design is very much a lucrative business, but if you believe in beauty and the importance of its preservation and evolution, how can you trust the next generation to learn the craft of beauty without these young guns sitting first at the master's feet?

1896 Print of Sculptor Auguste Rodin in the studio with Assistant Henri Lebosse & Apprentice. 

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