Amateur

An artist who works for pleasure rather than for a livelihood. In Western art, the idea of amateur status began to have meaning only with the Renaissance, for before this time the visual arts were considered mere crafts and were therefore socially unacceptable. With the popularization of watercolor in the 18th and 19th centuries, amateur painters proliferated all over Europe. At the same time, sketching and watercolor became accepted ‘accomplishments’ for young ladies.






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