January 18, 2011
Of course, the discussion at dinner included a lively debate about what gives art its value. Critics derided the Impressionist movement itself until the work began to sell and then—wonder of wonders—suddenly the artists were welcomed at the Paris Salon with open arms. We were blind but now we see! What mastery! What genius!
What do you think? Is commercial success the defining factor that makes any art valuable? Or do you need the blessings of the critical elite?