Beware of Artists / by Chris Hall

Diego Rivera,  El Arsenal , 1928

Diego Rivera, El Arsenal, 1928

”Beware of artists. They mix with all classes of society and therefore the most dangerous."  Queen Victoria.

Why are artists traditionally regarded as radicals?  Here is my theory.  The vast majority of artists are members of the underclass, often just barely scraping by.  In order to make a decent living, they have to petition the wealthy (the only people with a disposable income) for their table scraps.  Artists, therefore, occupy two different worlds; they live humbly while being in contact with wealthy elite, living in the lap of luxury.  Isn't it, then, quite natural that bitter notions might develop?  Too often we see that the world puts more value into the art than the welfare of the artist who produced it.