Snobbery or art?

Sharing a few final thoughts from readers who reacted to a recent Moderator about Qatar’s $300 million purchase of a painting by French artist Paul Gauguin, which the New York Times said may be a record price for an artwork.

Says David A. Shumway: “I’ve never understood the value of art. From a quality or beauty standpoint, I’d like to have an art ‘expert’ explain the difference between a $200 million Jackson Pollock and a worthless Pollock forgery. It’s seems indefensible. They don’t consider how ‘fine’ the fine art is, but merely who happened to paint it. This is not love of fine art, but simple snobbery.”

I’ve heard others pose that question, and it’s indeed an interesting one.

Stan Reed weighed in a bit more directly: “Seems like capitalism at its best. Nothing wrong with that.”

Indeed, everything does seem to have its price — perhaps moreso today? Let me know what you think; shoot me an email at

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