No doubt similar things were said about the Impressionists.

Quote Originally Posted by Rudeofus View Post
Warren Buffet once stated that in every business you have the three 'I's: innovators, imitators and idiots. When you see a style done over and over again without merit, you know that style has moved from the first 'I' to one of the latter ones. It'll go away eventually ...
Shouldn't the question be "Does it work here?" And not: "is it innovative or imitative?"
I'm sure it would be an interesting exercise though to question artists' choices, like would Claude Monet's Waterloo Bridge have worked better in a classical style? (and I think the answer is no, and not because he was the first one to do it)