seeking art expert wrote:
I do not understand the value of art. To me the painting looks ok but I imagine there are thousands of people in the world who could create something similar if they wanted. Am I ignorant of some technical genius that has gone into this?http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24922106
How long have you looked at it? The answer is you have never looked at it. Looking at and apprehending. if you can, any large or small painting takes years, and you have got to see it at 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. You have to see IT, not a postage size reproduction.
Bacon is complicated. There are tens of thousands of decisions that have to be made. A great artist, not exclusive to Bacon, puts his or her life into a painting, together with thoughts of works of others that have been seen.
As for its worth, as others have pointed out, it hardly matters except it makes news. About three years ago I walked into a gallery to see an exhibition by a photographer. Who, it doesn't matter. There were about 20 photographs, each in an edition of about 16. One left me stunned, like seeing an austere beauty briefly on an elevator. There were no prices on the walls. With this photographer it's not done. I walked over to the front desk and asked a young woman there its price. $35,000. I said that's a bit much, even for the greatest living photographer. I was also thinking it's worth it. I didn't have a checkbook with me but I could have reserved it, I think. To this day I regret not having bought it, although 35K is not chump change for someone of my means. This photograph still haunts me.