Thursday, November 16, 2017

imho ...

In My Humble Opinion ...

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Art has been in the news a great deal lately, with auctions of paintings by 'the Masters' going for outrageous amounts of money to private buyers.

A little known Leonardo da Vinci painting sold for a record-breaking $450 million.

Laboureur dans un Champ by Van Gogh sold for $81.3 million "with fees."

Chagall's Les Amourex sold for $28.4 million.

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Why someone would want to "hoard" a painting, that by all rights should be hanging in a museum for everyone to see?  Art is meant to be shared and hiding it away in a private home, or a bank vault is just selfish.  Especially art that is created by those we now consider to be a part of all of our cultural histories.

The price that is being paid for the art is also something I just cannot comprehend.  If you have that much money to spend on one piece of art ... why aren't you doing more to help humanity?  How many homeless and starving could be housed and fed with $28.4 million?  How many diseases could be cured with research financed by $81.3 million?  By $450 million?

1 comment:

  1. I share your humble opinion. Perhaps because I will never be rich enough to acquire/hoard an old master, but I don't think so. I hope not.


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