Why do we value art?

September 10, 2013 in Art · 0 comments

Is the painting on the left virtually worthless? Is the painting on the right worth tens of millions of dollars?

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Anonymous, forgery in the style of Van Gogh

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Sunset at Montmajour, Van Gogh, 1888

What value do we place on the paintings themselves, and what value do we place on the captions below them — and why?

For background, see A van Gogh’s Trip From the Attic to the Museum.

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