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From Peek and Piques Archives What You See, is What You Get

By Raymond J. Steiner
ART TIMES (Originally published: Summer 2013)

What You See, is What You Get.” A common enough expression, but what does it mean in relation to, say, looking at art? Well, you might argue, it's a simple enough statement — you “get” what you “see” — what's the problem? However, if you focus on the “seeing” part of the proposition, a little thought just might make you wonder what it is that you're “getting”. When you and I stand looking at a landscape painting, do we both “get” the same thing? We've all seen the results of two artists side-by-side painting a landscape. Are their final results the same? Do they look the same? Can a painting by Monet be confused with a Pissarro or a Renoir?...
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Raymond J. Steiner (May 1, 1933—March 5, 2019)