Now, where have I seen that before?
March 5, 2008 11:06 AM Subscribe
Looking to make a list of famous artists, in all media, who "started it all."
posted by Melismata to Society & Culture (68 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I'm making a list of brilliant artists who are so now part of the mainstream culture that when I finally read/view/hear the original, it is almost anticlimatic. For example, I recently saw an Agatha Christie play and thought, "hmm, this is nothing but a cliched mystery story. Oh, wait, she's the one who INVENTED the genre."
Other examples include:
Tolkien--"this is every fantasy story I've ever read. Oh, wait."
Picasso--"this is just an abstract, cubist painting. Oh, wait."
The Three Stooges--"these are just a bunch of guys engaging in slapstick humor, hitting each other on the head. Oh, wait." (Similar: the Marx Brothers)
Beethoven--"how come his music seems to straddle both the classical and romantic period? Oh, wait--he invented the romantic period."
And an oft-quoted one, Shakespeare--"these plays have too many cliches in them. Oh, wait."
I'm looking for any and all "oh, wait."s Thanks much.