Today’s Lesson From History – “Experts”

The right way

On this day in 1961, the Museum of Modern Art in New York put Henri Matisse’s paper-cut, “Le Bateau” on display. For more than six weeks, countless art lovers, critics, connoisseurs, and collectors marvelled, critiqued, interpreted, and speculated the piece until Genevieve Habert, a stockbroker, noticed a problem.

What all those people in the art community—and supposedly in-the-know—failed to realize, while they talked amongst themselves, was that the work had been hung upside down.

Don’t always listen to the “experts.” Especially a group or community of “experts.” They’re usually more of a social club.

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