I had a boyfriend who wanted to teach me about art.
We spent days in New York galleries looking at modern art,abstracts, and such. I could buy a lovely Jackson Pollock print and have it framed for not too much money. And it would exhibit the sophistication of my artistic taste.
The only problem is that I don't understand or like modern art. Abstracts leave me cold. Plus, I like my art to look like something that I recognize.
This is because I have unsophisticated taste in art, my boyfriend assured me. With a little education, I would catch on very quickly to what is good art and what is not.
My boyfriend generously offered to buy a Pollock print for me and get it framed. I knew this was very nice, but asked if we could just keep looking.
We wandered into another gallery where I saw a painting that was of dogs playing poker, smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey. I squealed with delight! Now here was a painting I could really enjoy. Absolutely not, my boyfriend exclaimed. That is not even art! That is ridiculous! I was getting a little annoyed. We came back to San Francisco without a piece of art.
About a week later, I went to a local place where they had some original art and some great prints. I saw a really nice signed and numbered Chagall lithograph and thought about it for a moment. I kept looking and found a huge framed print of the poker playing dogs with the cigarettes and booze.
I called my boyfriend that afternoon and told him what I had seen. He was a fan of Chagall, but when he found out the price of the lithograph, he said we should keep looking. I went back to the gallery before they closed and the owner offered to come by when he closed to hang my new painting for me.
The next morning, I called my boyfriend and invited him to dinner. I told him I had a surprise for him. When he came into my apartment and saw the large piece over my fireplace, he nearly fainted before exclaiming "Holy shit!"
Yes, I got the other one.
As a side note, after he and I broke up, I returned the dog painting (which actually was sort of hideous) and got the Chagall.