Why do people think artists like Edvard Munch or Van Gogh are amazing? I don’t mean currently because obviously they are now famous but specifically how did they go from being regular people to people thinking they are masters? I’ve never understood the appeal and am honestly curious.

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Why do people think artists like Edvard Munch or Van Gogh are amazing? I don’t mean currently because obviously they are now famous but specifically how did they go from being regular people to people thinking they are masters? I’ve never understood the appeal and am honestly curious.

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Van Gogh is outstanding. His ability to define shapes and light using rough color, to imply motion, line, form and depth with crude discernable strokes and strong contrasts with a simple palette is unparalleled. He conveys so much information in a limited scope that its hard to imagine anybody doing it better. He’s like a musician of color

Munch had some good ideas but I prefer kubin.

To me it’s all irrational: I just know when I like what I see. So, I’d assume when a lot of people say they like they spread the word and it becomes popular/widespread opinion.