both all of my longtime readers know, I’ve been a passionate supporter of the #RenoirSucksAtPainting movement since its earliest days. I’ve posted items about the grassroots crusade to have the treacly, insipid works of the “painter” Pierre-Auguste Renoir removed from the world’s galleries and museums here and here.
Massive #RenoirSucksAtPainting Rally, Demanding the Removal of Treacle from American Museums
Misguided Counter Protester
As you can tell from the number of postings, I care deeply about art, which is more than can be said about a certain dead French hack. That’s why I got such malevolent joy out of two news items in the past few weeks.
Art World Owes a Debt to Heroic Thief
According to Agence France-Presse, “A small painting by French impressionist Auguste Renoir was stolen from an auctioneer in a Paris suburb on Saturday, the day before it was due to be sold, police said. ”
The article describes the theft as “brazen,” but art lovers everywhere hailed it as valiant.
BTW, The Onion, America’s most trusted source for news, anticipated the theft. Here’s what they wrote seven years ago:
Scamming the Scammer
Ah, the Schadenfreude! It is so sweet!