What's the deal with Andersen's obvious interest in art? There's a ton of art in Andersen's stories, from poetry to sculpture and music. There're a lot of artist characters too. We think there are two reasons for these tales being so arty farty. First, art is inspired by all of Andersen's characters favorite things: nature, human beauty, and by God. And second, Andersen was, obviously, an artist himself. And, as he knew all too well, being an artist has a bunch of pros and cons. For one, art doesn't always pay the bills. You have to convince people that your art is worth their money, time, and patronage. On the flip side, to not create art when you've got a gift for it seems like a waste of inspiriation, and, thereby, a waste of one's supposedly God-given talents. Oh, and one more thing: Andersen seems to think you shouldn't just do art for the fame. You have to believe in it. Wow, this whole "art" thing is turning out to be pretty complicated.
Either you've got it or you don't: there's no way to fake being an artist.
Andersen's tales portray more dude artists than chick artists because he was sexist, like most people of his day and age.