Each time I recall the publicity a group of people received for protesting Renoir paintings at the MFA in Boston, I smile. I don't want to think too deeply about this precise event, as I imagine there's something I don't like beneath the surface. I'll continue carefully...
I can think of so many things I would like to make a giant fuss about that don't really matter. If you've ever had a conversation with me, you've probably heard a tirade about a condiment or something. Is calling a painter you don't like bad based purely on the way the he paints pretentious? Or like, is this the move?
Why is one artist absolutely iconic, a chapter in a textbook, a destination to see, while their contemporaries (of which I imagine so many are forgotten) do not become iconic?
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