Do you believe you could recognize works of art from esteemed artists outside of a museum or other art-related context?
Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, yes.
Chopin, Tchaikovsky, definitely.
Tony Scott, Michael Bay, probably.
C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, or J. R. R. Tolkien, yeah.
Nearly anyone else? Not likely.
I spent 5 years working in an art gallery, I can recognize a few, and even spot some fakes.
I can recognize a Picasso or Dali or Degas. Hey Kyle did you hear about the artist near Central Park who sold stuff for $30 and turns out they were worth much much more.
This is actually what inspired the question. It was Banksy, who's a famous street artist (who no one knows who he is or what he looks like) who was selling prints for $60 when they go for hundreds of thousands at auction. He made $420 that day.
How come i never find stuff like that
Did you ever watch the documentary " Exit through the gift shop"?
Some impressionist paintings.
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If they're documented as being works of an esteemed artist - yes.
I couldn't identify a piece which hasn't already been identified at some point or another as being one of their works.
Let's say it's a less famous piece, not the Mona Lisa, Starry Night, or something like that.
I do believe I'd be able to. Unless if it has a really long name and/or it isn't in English.
Obviously not ALL of them, but their better known works (excluding their best known works).
I guess I was more leaning towards as if it was a work of art from a famous artist that you personally weren't aware of. Would you be able to recognize the piece as a "great work of art" if you were unaware that it was considered such.
Ah, well in that case - beauty is subjective. What I view as a great work of art may not be the same for others.