Whenever people talk about the greatest artistic geniuses such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Andy Warhol, many use the words “talent” and “talented.” However, a talent, or a gift, has always been a vague term to describe a person’s ability to create sheer aesthetics. In the modern context, a talented artist is the one who worked their socks off to achieve such a status. So, what is an artistic talent nowadays? Is it nurture or nature?
Artistic talent, or why geniuses are made rather than born
To put an immediate end to the nature vs. nurture debate, you should accept one simple truth. In real life, it is usually a subtle combination of some inborn qualities and hard work. Of course, it differs from person to person. However, such things as “pure geniuses” or “pure strivers” don’t exist in nature. What does matter is people’s perception of the situation and debate. The problem is that many young minds start believing that they are obliged to have some innate talents to become successful. Such an attitude is catastrophically harmful.
In a sense, every person is an artist, but far from the majority put effort into the development of artistic talent. Without a doubt, some people have an aptitude for art, either because of genes or upbringing, but it is hardly possible that a child who has never learned a lesson will succeed in fine art. Everything that is needed is to teach art to children, young adults, or adults. Through constant practice and desire, one can adopt a qualitatively new perspective on art and life.
Art doesn’t have to be a sign of status, nor should it bring you lots of money. Art is what makes you you, and the sooner you start working on your artistic talent, the faster you ascertain how mighty you really are.