Why Do Monticelli Paintings
Sell for So Little Money Today?
Talking about Monticelli’s legacy, Wikipedia concludes:
Today Monticelli is considered a minor figure in 19th century painting, a painter’s painter. In 2005 in The Guardian, Sir Timothy Clifford,
director general of the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, chose Monticelli’s A Garden Fete as the worst painting in Britain, and commented,
“We have been bequested eight paintings by Monticelli, each one more hideous than the last. In my 21 years here, none has been hung because I think Monticelli produces screamingly awful art.
I call this one A Fete Worse Than Death.”