Is art becoming more about taking your kids out for a fun day than art?

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John Hoppner’s Portrait of the Franklin Sisters (circa 1795)

While the Impressionists were languishing in poverty in the 1870s, a host of other artists—academic painters, aristocratic portraitists, members of the Barbizon school, and genre painters—were hungrily snapped up by the self-assured connoisseurs of the day.

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Ludwig Knaus’s Mud Pies (1873)

Work by some of these original market darlings did end up in major museums (perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the financial caliber of their patrons), but none is a household name today.

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JOHN CONSTABLE and WILLIAM ETTY

“No decent family can hang such sights on their walls,” said a typical sally in the London Examiner newspaper, lamenting “another indulgence of what we had hoped was a classical, but are now convinced is a lascivious mind”.

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Compare JOHN CONSTABLE and WILLIAM ETTY (click on the names to see more).

In my opinion, William Etty is much more contemporary than John Constable.

Check out this ARTICLE and draw your own conclusions.

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Record Cy Twombly abstract isn’t as profitable as it appears

Behind the heady gavel price was a hard business reality: even as the crowd sipped champagne that evening, Sotheby’s was still frantically wooing a buyer. In the end, the grand old auction house had to pay for the privilege of selling the masterpiece.

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