But I must confess I shudder at the huge sums that art can be sold for. However I suppose I should respect the law of supply and demand (after all an original painting is by definition unique), and I should also respect an individual’s right to spend their money as they wish.
I appreciate art comes in many forms, though still I’m bewildered how someone applying paint to a canvas by means of splattered bicycle tracks can be considered art. But that’s another story, much better to focus on what I like.
I like this.
Another confession, I am no art connoisseur, though I like art to tell me something, to inform me, to transmit, to grip me more deeply than the “Oh, that’s nice,” reaction. I’m looking for Oh that’s nice plus alpha.
This painting does that. It certainly tingles me at first sight, and there’s more. It has a foreground and a background; it tells me of the times (circa 1565). I like the hues too. Has the paint faded over the centuries? I don’t know, but the dark pastel shades of the 16th century are in sharp contrast with the in-your-face poster colors of today.
Pieter Breugel was a Flemish peasant; if he were alive today he would be a Belgian millionaire.
Have the Olympics got a little out of hand? The cost of the Sochi Olympics was more than all the other twenty-one previous winter olympics combined. They even built a stadium, not for sport (though I hope it gets used after the olympics), but for the opening and closing ceremonies.
Perhaps it is simply the additional financial burden, perhaps it is the attraction of unwanted insects etc, and perhaps it is just that there is no appetite for the extra hassle involved, but why aren’t all buildings like this: the Parkroyal on Pickering Hotel in Singapore.