With the remains of what is believed to be stolen paintings from renowned artists burned in a stove, we are reminded that a treasured piece of history has been lost, valued at millions of dollars.
As someone who has not studied art and views the value of art as primarily subjective, I am curious what makes these paintings so valuable other than the fact that they were painted by people who are regarded as GREAT painters. I look at some of these works, and I see nothing special. Perhaps, some art aficionados in the forum can enlighten me.
When I compare the paintings below from these famed artists to paintings from Adolf Hitler, I view his as far more pleasing to the eyes from an aesthetic perspective. Without taking his crimes against humanity into consideration, and simply judging his artwork on merit alone, why was he rejected from art school and Picasso hailed as a genius in his profession? I feel like people only value these "great artists" because they were told these artists are great...and that's it. What makes them better than your average art student who gets no recognition?
Picasso (seriously, this looks like it was painted by an adolescent)
Picasso (Wtf? Is this a finger painting?)
Monet (This is...okay, but honestly Bob Ross is way fucking better.)
Bob fuckin' Ross