The history of visual art is both a foundation and a source of inspiration for the artist. A foundation because it offers a frame of reference, as well as a sparring partner, examples that challenge, that you can draw on.
At the same time it is an inspiration, because the history is incredibly rich, especially when we leave the traditional path of Eurocentric art history and also look at what has been made outside Europe, because there is no culture in the world, however isolated, or Stories are told, there is singing, dancing, and images being made. Art is a universal need.
Art history for artists is different from that for enthusiasts, artists especially want to know why and how art was made and what they can learn from it. From the very beginning.