As the supply of artworks by old and modern masters remains limited, with little chance of substitutability, (Velthuis, 2011) new investors turned to works of living artists. These rich collectors had large interiors to decorate or were looking to buy themselves into a social circle, and had the means and the interest to pay exorbitant prices. New artists produce big and multiple works, assisted by several people and supported by powerful dealers and collectors and as such are a perfect fit for these rich investors. Thus, these new billionaires stimulated an ever increasing effect on already inflated prices of contemporary art. Additionally, the documentary suggests that dealers, ga... ... middle of paper ... ...n the prestige that these dealer seem to seek, buyers go after a selective number of artists, which affects other contemporary artists even worse financially during periods of bust.
it makes me sad because I’ve never seen such-such beautiful clothes” (pg.98).Gatsby believes his dream will come true because of all the money and nice things he has. The way that Gatsby becomes rich is in a way the demise of his dream. Gatsby becomes wealthy by participating in organized crime, including distributing illegal alcohol and trading in stolen securities. Daisy eventually learns about this and it is one of the reasons she will never again be with Gatsby. The other reason is Daisy a... ... middle of paper ... ...never I want to!
Given these points, because of the importance of being rich in the society, Tom becomes selfish by wanting always a little more. All things considered, the social feelings of the 1920s clearly affect the character in the novel. They take immoral decisions and they follow the wrong values of the time. Gatsby is carried away by the world of consumerism and involves himself in criminal activities to get a woman. On the other hand, Tom, born in the world of richness, feels superior and pushes the consumerism idea to the extreme.
And wealth was shown through owning works of art. So, as has been seen, the system of patronage was extremely important in Renaissance Italy. It brought with it mixed blessings for artists. On the one hand, it gave them the income to support themselves and continue to produce works. On the other hand, though, it could be very constrictive on what the artist could produce, and could even sometimes decide the quality of a work.
This merchant class was a new class of wealthy families, usually in the banking sector, that invested their money into the arts. Instead of governments being the top power and the wealthy class these private families began to take the power and wealth away from upper class land owners. The merchant class gave birth to a whole new type of patronage. Now art could be privatized and commissioned by families or one person instead of the church or government. This m... ... middle of paper ... ... was.
Some saw the beauty in his art and a symbol for America, while others saw it as a false representation, and thought of his mass production methods as negative towards the art community. Personally, I find his work to be really interesting, but I don’t see how they have gotten the popularity that they currently have. While his work is quite detailed and touches the hearts of many, I don’t understand why this particular artist was able to attain such fame so easily. I really like his normal pieces of art. They were always very serene and quite calming to look at.
The underlying meaning of these lavish parties is not to show off the large amount of wealth by buying expensive things and entertaining, but a search and desire for something more. Shortly after you are introduced to a man named Nick Caraway who gives insight of just how much Gats... ... middle of paper ... ...the wealthy. When reading The Great Gatsby you yourself might be blinded by all of the glitz and glamor of the parties or all of the drama that the upper social class has to offer. You might even dig a little deeper to find that Jay Gatsby himself was in desperate search to achieve the perfect idea of the American Dream through money and possessions to help him get his love and in the end overall happiness. It becomes apparent that Gatsby will not achieve this; no matter what he does it will not be able to fit into the social class he so desperately wants.
I chose “How to Win Friends and Influence People” – By Dale Carnegie. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I liked how Dale Carnegie talked about how to talk to other people in society but, he used his personal stories. Also, I liked how he separated the book into principles and not chapters it felt like it went faster. The principles are very helpful and very logical, this book made me look at society different and it made me realize how important little things are.
He argues that Athens had great fame because they were able to have brilliant authors who declared how great Athens was (180). Directly relating to this he thought that Rome’s fame, and success was in part due to their fortune, and prosperity. However in later Rome he points to fortune being a leading cause of the downfall of Rome. He wrote that “To the men that had so easily endured toil and peril, anxiety and adversity the leisure and riches which are generally regarded as so desirable proved a burden and a curse (181).” In this statement he means that the Romans began to place too much value on material goods. They began to love money, and to lust for power which he called avarice.
Gatsby is a watered down version of a member of the true social elite. Therefore, he uses the phrase "old sport" because he feels it exudes the proper upper crust upbringing he lacks (134). Furthermore, Gatsby makes the pursuit of wealth and refinement an obsession. As a child, Gatsby kept a list of "General Resolves" that outlined his plans to gain wealth and refinement (181). When exposed to the society during World War I, he becomes obsessed with members of the wealthy upper class, such as Daisy, whose voice is "full of money" (127).