Modern Art Kills Grandfather

An article in the NYTimes today reminded me of discussions we used to have in school. We used to talk a lot about why and how representational (or "traditional") art fell out of favor during the Post-War era.  The Times article describes how the South Bronx artist Robert Seyffert is trying to revive the artistic legacy of his grandfather, Leopold Seyffert, who made a successful career as a portrait painter of the wealthy and influential in the Gilded Age. “Modern art sort of killed my grandfather,” Robert Seyffert said. “He was seen as too traditionally academic.” - David Gonzalez, for the New York Times.