High art and low art cartoon

high art low art cartoon

The difference between high art and low art.

Art is often categorised as being high art or low art. Different art forms move in and out of the two categories, and it’s sometimes difficult to tell which is which, or why.
Contemporary art is particularly difficult to categorise, some art forms are described as craft, which is usually a low form but not always. Cartoons are usually thought of as a relatively low artwork, if they’re thought of as art at all (which of course they are!).
The cartoon features the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (high art) and the Green Lady by Vladimir Tretchikoff (low art).
There’s a lot of elitism and snobbery in the art world.

Cartoon drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art049
This cartoon features in my book of cartoons about art.
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