C.C. (1): an economic biography

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Summary: C.C. was independently well off, living on an ample allowance for his entire adult life and also made money selling his work from middle age onwards. 1796: is born in Paris into a family of prosperous French artisans. age…

the view from deviantART

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The website deviantART, founded all the way back in 2000, has been a popular social networking site for visual artists for quite a few years. It tends to attract mainly illustrators and artists whose styles are modeled largely on contemporary…

B.M.: an economic biography

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Summary: B.M. was independently well-off and also married into a well-to-do family. 1841: is born into a solidly bourgeois family. age 19: in Paris, meets and befriends influential older painter C.C., who becomes B.M.’s teacher and mentor. age 24: begins…

the canon of price

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University of Chicago economist David Galenson has become known for his attempts to parse the greatness of artists using statistical methods, such as through their long-term auction prices, or the number of illustrations of their work in art textbooks. He…

G.S.: an economic biography

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Summary: G.S. was born into wealth, never had to work. 1859: is born to a wealthy family; father had been in the law but got rich speculating in property. age 19: goes to a top-tier art school. age 20: leaves…

art that does not circulate

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In a 2011 e-flux article, “Art and Money”, Boris Groys analyzes the function of patronage within the contemporary art market. He notes that some work circulates in ways that are directly about being sold (e.g. auctions), while other work appears…

E.M.: an economic biography

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Summary: E.M. was independently well off throughout his life. 1832: is born into a wealthy and socially well-connected French family. age 13: meets and becomes friends with France’s future Minister of Fine Arts. age 24: has never held a job…