Here are some people looking at art in 1865:
And in 2013:
We may have moved from magnifying glasses and paper brochures to smartphones, but otherwise not much has changed. That’s part of why I love going to see art: even when the work itself is boring, the people watching tends to be excellent. Especially at art fairs.
A side note, for those who don’t know him (he was new to me): Georges Gaudy (1872–1940) was a Belgian artist, poster maker, and champion cyclist — the proto-hipster, you might say. The wonderfully whimsical Art Nouveau poster shown here came to my attention via Poster Auctions International, which sold it this past Sunday. Here are a few more examples of his work.