The cruelty and jealousy and small-ness of mankind never ceases to amaze me...
Please don't be so silly, if the man hadn't made a fortune his death wouldn't have rated more than a few lines. " Painter dies of alcoholism." There's what disgusts me about the whole deal, right there - He made a fortune, so his death is more of a tragedy than anyone who made less of a fortune. The media's representation of all the "happiness" he brought to others is crap, too.
If the man's work made people "feel good"... what more can one ask of his art? Others' "opinions" of one's work is meaningless when the artist gave so much "happiness" to so many.
I recognize the happiness he spread to the populous and I'm not jealous of that
I agree too, I am in no place to judge his work, his art is not my cup of tea either, but I do think he spread joy to some through his artwork, and for that he should be respected, reguardless if one likes his output (although his personal doings I don't comment on, ie, lawsuits, indecency, etc).
But that does bring to mind some thoughts, does one's personal actions affect the output? Pete Rose comes to mind (not sure that is the best example...see where I am going though?)
His work and beanie babies have a lot in common. Outside of the people who already own his work there won't be many others who buy it. In a decade the schlock will be worth almost nothing. I would rather have a velvet Elvis personally.
He was not an artist. He was an unethical hack who passed off his machine made copies the he wiped a little paint on and then sold them as though they were compete hand made paintings.
To mark his passing, I would like to pass the contents of my bladder on his grave, but even that would be bestowing too much honor on him.
How do you really feel?
Old-n-Feeble: I agree with you except for the fact that I don't selling something for a huge profit is a mark of a good artist or anything else for that matter. Hell, I'll go sell weapons to some drug lords! There's gotta be good money in that.