A popular complaint about abstract expressionist paintings—that "a child could paint that"—holds that their stylistic...

@MichaelaJ on February 6 at 04:34PM

Further explain argument

Hello- I had a very difficult time understanding the argument in itself, can you please break it down further? Thanks!

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Emil-Kunkin on February 8 at 03:15AM

The author is attacking the common line that abstract art looks like something a kid could do by noting a study finding that people regularly think abstract art is more beautiful than the art of a child. The author then concluded that the study proves abstract paintings are beautiful.

The main issue here is that just because something is prettier than a kids painting does not make it beautiful in absolute terms.