The Caillebotte 7 and the Role of Familiarityby Matthew Innis |
Have you ever wondered what makes one work of art on a museum wall well-known while the painting deemed good enough to hang next to it languishes in obscurity?Â Is the one considered a masterpiece purely and undeniably because of the artist’s aesthetics? Â Is it a superior work because intellectuals, academics, and professionals have debated over it and pronounced it so? Â Or is it so vaunted because the image somehow reached the public and there achieved widespread appeal? Â A curious professor at Cornell University pondered over these questions and the answers he found, though complex, may provide an answer to what makes certain artworks famous, and may also provide a road map for how contemporary representationalism might achieve its proper position in the art world echelon.