Remember the Horse

October 10, 2011

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Whoever painted this must have been under the influence of Picasso.  Style is contagious to a very high degree.
That kind of contagion has nothing to do with imitation, which is why it is so difficult to decide on plagiarism.

In fact, most of what anyone knows or thinks or says or paints echoes its sources so that your real connoisseur sees a picture or hears a minute of music and says: oh, that is from the sixties or that is late nineteenth century East European! The same with text.

In other words, the absolutely original work of art just does not exist unless indeed like a meteorite it fell from another star’s civilization down to Earth.

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