Thanks to the lovely Phlegm, I've been handed a puzzle that's had me cogitating furiously for much of today. She posted an article on her blog that linked to - of all things - an inflatable Vincent van Gogh painting!!!
This poses all sorts of questions.
- Why does this even exist? Who was it woke up one morning convinced that the world really needed an inflatable Vincent van Gogh painting???
- Why van Gogh in particular? Why not Rembrandt, or da Vinci, or Constable, or Monet, or Picasso? What is it about van Gogh that qualifies (?) him for historical puffery like this?
- Why inflatable? I mean . . . there are so many good prints out there of all sorts of art. Why fill one with air?
- Why should art be in a can in the first place?
Finally, would Don McLean ever have written and recorded 'Vincent' if his inspiration had been inflatable rather than inscrutable?