Animal Art

images Would you invest one hundred pounds, euro or dollars in a picture painted by an anteater? I bet that you wouldn’t want to part with that useful amount of cash because in your view it would be a waste of money and a daft investment as there can be. Well, if that is what you think consider the following case: In February 1964 a gallery put on an exhibition of an unknown painter called Pierre Brassau. On the opening day the critics and the media went to see it and after having assessed it they wrote convincing articles that poured bucketsful of praise on the merits of the paintings envisaging a great future for the talented artist who had made them.

painting chimpanzee

Chimpanzee artist.

Weeks later the gallery publicly admitted that the artist who had made the pictures was a chimpanzee called Peter. In spite of having been a hoax made at the expenses of the art world it was taken very well with the result that Peters’ paintings were sold out for big sums of money. Since that episode many more animals were given brushes and paints in order to produce art works, among these were several more chimpanzee, one of which called Congo who became very famous selling its pictures at higher prices than a guy called Andy Warhol who was displaying his artworks in the same exhibition, as well as elephants, gorilla, cats, pigs dogs etceteras earning good dividends for their owners and those art collectors who invested in them.

painting pig

Pig artist at work

This shows that the modern art business is really a crazy and unpredictable one. Having said all this being an artist myself I had a good look at paintings done by some of the above mentioned animal artists and I must say that they often look much better than a lot of paintings done by famous human artists that are hanged nowadays  in modern art museums and galleries and sold for millions and even hundreds of millions.   

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