Recently read an article (Jan. 2, 2014, New York International Times), where Stephen Heyman reported on a question posed to P. H. Franses, a professor at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Essentially, Franses addresses the question: Is there a link between a painter’s age and his or her artistic apogee.
He uses the auction record high for 221 painters and dividing the age the painting was done by the artist’s total life span. His calculations determined that the most valuable work was done on the average of about 2/3 of the way through the artist’s life span. The average age being 41.9 for all artists studied. The time period was from 1800 to 2005. Strangely, in his review Mr. Hayman chose ignore data Professor Franses collected on women artists such as Kaho, Frankenthaler, O’Keeffe, Neel, Cassett, Krasner and many, many more who should have their rightful place among the greats. Definitely, until recent years it has been men who have had a firm grip on the art market.
As a card carrying Feminist, my thought is that there have been a number of historically important women artists during that time period who outrank many of the painters chosen for this abbreviated version.
What do you think of the correlation between age and the creating of “valuable art”?
Is there is a difference in age and creativity versus value in terms of gender?
Are women more creative in their earlier years?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?