Blurred arrangement in colors


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Can anyone help me understand what the sentence in bold may mean? It seems the author talks about a not so clear deal about a painting, but its a bit blur to me. Thanks!

The art protector of our time knows but one criterion, one value, — the dollar. He is not concerned about the quality of any great work, but in the quantity of dollars his purchase implies. Thus the financier in Mirbeau’s Les Affaires sont les Affaires points to some blurred arrangement in colors, saying: “See how great it is; it cost 50,000 francs.” Just like our own parvenus. The fabulous figures paid for their great art discoveries must make up for the poverty of their taste.

Emma Goldman
  • ED1

    Senior Member
    Thanks! I think she was more referring to a bad painting with a high cost that was going to be bought by a rich person who didn't understand anything about art.
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