We’re just in Estonia- a small, beautiful country on the Baltic Sea- for a couple of weeks for holidays.
I’m not quite used to having holidays in the middle of the year, being from Australia, and keep having fleeting feelings like it’s Christmastime. On the ferry last night they had some children’s entertainers dancing in rabbit and penguin suits and was confused for a moment.
It constantly surprises me how your physical perceptions are so programmed by your experience.
Very nicely on the walls they had two Van Gogh posters. Kandinsky decorated the hallways. Van Gogh just brings that earthy, summer heat to you especially if it’s raining outside.
It’s really just another avenue to sell art for the galleries participating in the main. So it hardly undermines them which has been suggested by a few articles. And an easy way for people who never step into an art gallery to easily access it. There’s some really good original art for sale on it by relatively unknown artists (outside the US anyway). Though here’s an opposing view. In its first week, they offered original lithographs by Dalí, Matisse, and Miró, etchings by Rembrandt, and paintings by Monet.
It’s only American galleries at the moment so I suppose they’ll wait and see how that goes before expanding. In the end most people would rather see art before they buy. And talk to someone who knows something about the art and the artist. Especially if it’s really expensive. Though it has changed a little. It seems the biggest sellers at the moment are giclee prints rather than original art which is no surprise.