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wouldn't a counterfeit painting do the same job as the real thing?

never understood why people would want to own a painting over $10 million. why not get a good artist to draw the same painting and save the money. if you had a eye for artwork, the paintings should express the same feeling.

Asked By: freddieman3 - 12/10/2007
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Wonderful question. In my opinion, I think it's about power rather than being a purist. The symbol of status. The need to acquire 'the best' and 'the rarest' is a quest for self-validation. The nuances inherent in an original work are for critics and historians to create volumes of text. It's the gestalt of a work that... More
Answered By: guess who at large - 12/10/2007
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It IS like jeans or sweatshirts...WHY does a logo or somebody's signature make one pair of jeans worth $20 and the other $300? There was a time when a Van Gogh probably went for the equivalent of $200. BUT he's dead and they aren't making anymore of them and while a knock off may be just GREAT...it's just not the... More
Answered By: ckswife - 12/10/2007
 
I think the draw of an original is that it conveys the emotion and feeling as the artist intended. Many pieces of art are made great by their minute details. Even something such as how the artist made their brush strokes can convey a different idea, something that, in my opinion, is lost in a reproduction.
Answered By: redtokyoboxers - 12/10/2007
 
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Answered By: edzerne - 12/11/2007
 
What a copy or counterfeit work can't do is innovate in the first place. So people seek out the original artwork in order to patronize and encourage the innovation and inspiration the artist is bringing to the world. You can then create a copy of that work, but the copyist is always one step behind the artist, they... More
Answered By: badasitseems - 12/11/2007
 
It's about investment, power and self satisfaction. The provenance of the work is as important as the work itself.
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Answered By: lidybeff - 12/11/2007
 
a 300 year old painting by a master is worth $10m, a copy is worth peanuts, to own something one of the masters made by their hand is somewhat more appealing to most than a knock off - each to their own - i know what i would prefer a
Answered By: antoni - 12/11/2007
 
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