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Reproduction Paintings And Their Artists: The Good And The Bad

Author : Laura Moore

Reproduction paintings are found in more and more collections of art fanatics, and some people wonder whether this is something to be happy about , something to be discouraged, or something that left alone. When one thinks of a reproduction painting's functions or uses, there really is nothing to be dismayed about - it holds the same marvellous appearance as the original, a boon to those who want to bask in the painting's glory and beauty at their leisure in their very own home. They also give the public something to look at while the museum has the original retouched for a better quality. However, function alone does not determine whether reproduction paintings are beneficial or not to the world of art.

One such flaw of reproduction paintings could be seen if one is to take the point of view of an art collector . Knowing that there are numerous reproductions and how they can be made by numerous reproduction agencies, leads one to think that the value of the original decreases. After all, it could be said that the uniqueness of the actual artwork goes down, and the reproduction painting could even have a higher quality than the original. Some may argue however that reproduction paintings could even increase the value of the original painting - by having numerous reproductions, it just makes the original that much more unique and valuable.

Reproduction paintings are also considered by some to be tantamount to piracy and plagiarism - a disrespect to the original masterpiece's painter, a thievery of his idea and style. In certain cases this may be true, and instances of such should be stopped. But this is not what happens normally when a curator or art fanatic orders for a reproduction painting; they purchase the product with full knowledge and consent that the painting is not the artist's own work, a high-quality reproduction, but a reproduction painting nonetheless. Most of the time the artists of the reproduction themselves are unknown by those who asked for the replica, whether by face or by name. And speaking of the artists, there are also conflicting views when it comes to their artistic license.

Reproduction painters are amazingly skilled in their craft - and clearly they should be, for they're replicating the works of true masters. It is not their capable hands that are put into question however, but rather their hearts and soul. Should they be despised, or should they be pitied? What kind of artist would choose to live out a life copying the works of others , not caring whether he is known or if the works he creates are never his own and treating his works as mere sources of profit. Not even if it is something of use to other people rather than an actual artistic expression? Or looking at them from another perspective, they provide the public a chance to experience the magnificence of great works of art at the fraction of the cost, never truly acknowledged for the work that they do.

Reproduction paintings and their artists are always a source of controversy for various people in the art industry. Good or bad, helpful or not, there is one thing we know for sure - reproduction paintings are here to stay.

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