Did you ever hear of the artist Pierre Brassau?
In February 1964, four paintings by a previously unknown avant-garde French artist named Pierre Brassau were exhibited at an art show in Göteborg, Sweden. The French artist attracted the most attention.
Little did they know, this “french artist” was a chimpanzee.
Meet Pierre Brassau:
Pierre Brassau was the invention of Åke “Dacke” Axelsson, a journalist at the Göteborgs-Tidningen, one of Goteborg’s daily papers. He came up with the idea of exhibiting the work of a monkey in an art show as a way of putting critics to the test — would they be able to tell the difference between modern art and monkey art? Apparently this hoax proved that most art critics could not tell the difference between a professional’s artist work and an ape!
People are going to criticize you. It is life. Many times, if you are onto something or trying something new, critics come out of the woodwork.
Don’t let people’s criticism bother you. Don’t let critics get to you. This goes for anything in life! Does that mean to be a fool and ignore everyone’s advice?
Of course not! Our goal is to always better ourselves. We are only in competition with ourselves. And taking constructive criticism and advice is very beneficial!
But don’t let it DEFINE you. People are going to give you their opinions whether you want it or not. Learn to embrace constructive advice or opinions. Don’t let what other people think get in the way of your goals.
If critics can’t tell the difference of a monkey’s art or modern art, is popular opinion worth it? I bet if you could ask Pierre Brassau, he wouldn’t care. And neither should you! Just keep creating!!