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'Anyone who doesn't recognise that is an idiot'

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Lascarina, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    A new painting by Bacon has been discovered by an art historian called Martin Harrison who said "It's a completely brilliant painting, one of my absolute favourites, and frankly anyone who doesn't recognise that is an idiot".
  2. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Ah yes... I think I get it. V. profound Mr Bacon ... rather clever in fact.
  3. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    I'm an idiot then because I don't think it's "completely brilliant" at all.
  4. cariadwch

    cariadwch Established commenter

    Its a load of bull
  5. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

  6. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    Well it's not repellent...quite appealing, even and I would be happy to have it hanging on a wall at home...

    But could someone who really understands art criticism please explain to me why it is "completely brilliant"?

    That's a serious question. This painting is going to be worth milliions and millions. I can see that it's not rubbish, but why is it that good?

    I am not good at appreciating visual art - especially modern art.
    xena-warrior likes this.
  7. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Think of the insurance premia you'd have to pay. If I had it, I'd sell it immediately.
    Flere-Imsaho likes this.
  8. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    As many on here have suspected, I am clearly an idiot
  9. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    I understand the analysis of most art but I truly get baffled by critiques of some modern art. I'm afraid I think it's a very subjective subject and I hate the fact that we're told we're idiots if we don't think something's very good.

    This is what I think some art critics use :(
    cissy3 likes this.
  10. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    Forget the critique and meaning nonsense. If some art critic tells you its good even though you know it is rubbish then you should buy it anyway rather than leaving your money in an ISA
  11. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

  12. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Sod artistic merit. If you're the person who discovered it and recognised who the artist was you'll want to make a strong case for it being worth loads of dosh genuine won't you?

    There's a lot of wealthy fools out there waiting to be separated from their money. Did nobody ever see C4's The Auction House?
    cissy3 likes this.
  13. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

  14. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    I've bought art and certainly consider myself an idiot when it comes to artistic merit. But I know my investment in Tracey Emin sketches have risen in value.
    The Art market is driven by idiots but not fools.
  15. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Apparently the paint has been mixed with dust and is foretelling the painter's death.
  16. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Could you explain the difference between and idiot and a fool?
  17. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    The thing is...as I said before, it's not an unattractive painting...

    but it wouldn't look out of place stacked as a canvas print in B&Q, would it?
    Sillow likes this.
  18. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I'm averse to Bacon- most of it looks like tubes on an offal counter.
  19. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    His work isn't easy to view, that's true, and this speaks to his skill.
  20. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Sorry, I don't understand what this means linguistically.

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