From: Derek Gatherer (email@example.com)
Date: Fri 15 Apr 2005 - 15:17:15 GMT
"the famous Parisian hoax of 1910, in which the art critic Roland Dorgeles
and the proprietor of the Montmartre cabaret Le Lapin Agile, Frederic
Gerard, painted a seascape by tying a brush to a donkey's tail and then
exhibited the painting at the Salon des Independants of 1910 under the name
of Joachim Boronali "
but there's no mention of them winning. I wonder about these kind of
stories because there are many of the form "modern art is rubbish because
it was done by a x, and the critics couldn't tell", where x can be an
animal, child, weather etc. I once met somebody who claimed to have
successfully executed such a hoax - but the issue is always clouded by the
fact that those who make such claims always have an anti-modern art agenda.
At 15:56 15/04/2005, you wrote:
>>> > IIRC, a painting by a mule won a prize in a modern
>>> > art exhibition in
>>> > Paris early in the 20th century. ;-)
>>I think that's an urban myth.
>Well, I read about it several years ago, and have never heard it talked
>about. If it was an urban myth, it was dead by that time, I think. The
>name of the painting was given, as well as the year and place of the
>exhibition. The information was checkable. (That doesn't mean it was true,
>The painting was supposedly produced by dipping the mule's tail in paint
>and bringing the canvas to the mule. (You don't want to try it the other
>way around. ;-))
>A Web search just now turned up references to the "Donkey's Tail"
>exhibition in Moscow in 1912, a reaction against the decadence of Paris
>and Munich art. Maybe there is some connection.
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