It is all in the expression on the face, the tight line of the lips and the look in the eyes. The man is staring at death, his own and he has no where else to go or look, what he sees ahead of him could make the face be read as an expressionless, but when we are afraid we are 'frozen' and not animated. Just my humble opinion.
"so he could paint anything and someone will pay." -should we have the opposite condition for a painter? I mean, what if he is forced to paint things he does not like himself, just because someone will pay for it?
That might not be 'right' but it was the reality and what happened to many artsits in the past. There are artists and writers whose works only became popular and sold for vast sums of money after there death. In order to continue to paint they lived a life of poverty.
In the past some English artist were dependent on 'patrons of the arts' for money to survive on while they worked on their paintings.
The use of red text/ink is usual- that is, it is not often used in the forums.
I am guessing that the eyes look different because when someone faces death they will tend to look to their past as well as to the future that awaits them. I have not researched this painting and that is just a guess at what he might be trying to express in the image.
As Picasso could draw well, early works demonstrate this. I think it is likely that pictures such as this one by him are meant to convey more than an accurate likeness. Although I do find some 'artists' modern pieces a bit smoke and mirrors for my liking.
This was painted as a result of the death of a friend in Paris. I believe his friend committed suicide by jumping off a structure in an attempt to leave an impression on the world - as you can see the street made an impression on his head, which is highlighted within this piece.
If i had unlimited wealth? then i'd say maybe 50 dollars for the time put in.. ...If i was really into i art i might double it to 100... i'm not particularly into art so i would pay nothing for it. if it were a scene that i was actually going to hang in my living room.. a nature scene or or green misty mountain i might pay up to 300 but i would never pay higher unless it was a necessity.. why do you ask? This particular painting i like but not enough to put in a room.. its a cool to look at for a moment or if i had unlimited wealth to make a specific room for unusual art then i might buy it for a few hundred as acenic display but nothing more.. its not drawn well enough.. the art has to look time consuming and detailed for me to pay anything higher. this looks well, cool but amateur even though its Picasso.( because i just don't like his style, whatever its called. Abstract maybe? IDK.
of course, but only for its collector value determined by people who have over abused their wealth for material things.. Now if Bill gates buys this for a hundred million, maybe i'll rethink my posts in the other forum, otherwise its his to spend...LOL
I would not want it in my home, I would rather have a painting that I enjoyed looking at. Any painting is only 'worth' what the highest bidder will pay for it; I mean worth in a monetary way. Paintings are sometimes owned as investments rather than for appreciation and that alters what they are sold for.
True - gold is used/bought as an investment as is coffee and diamonds and also sometimes people do that with paintings/art.
The financial gain comes in selling the item for more than you paid for it if you can. The people who bought gold ten years ago and who sell it now have made a profit. The same happens with the work of famous and potentially artists. Gold is seen as a safe investment which people turn to in times of financial crisis. I know of these things but am not an investor so am not an expert on it.
For someone buying a painting as a financial investment they could be motivated by the love of the work of the artist but their interest might just be one of financial gain.
hype, popularity, reviews, purchases by other investors, auction prices, shows in high profile locations, major commissions .. somewhere in their may be sbjective "taste" but thats more the bastion of a wealthy "collector" rather than a savvy investor.