The Eye of the Beholder

Back in the saddle, so to speak, and chiming in with another 100-word entry based on a photo prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, hosted as always by the lovely and talented (I’m assuming, never actually having met her) Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  I hope you enjoy, and please, feel free to comment, praise, condemn, adjulate or otherwise critique.


“The Eye Of The Beholder”

photo-88“I don’t get it.”

“Maybe you’re not supposed to get it.  It is art, after all.  True art shouldn’t be easy to understand.”

She looked down at the words etched into the small plaque affixed to the edge of the railing:  “#23 – Shopping Carts in Reflecting Pool.  By Andre’ Fulmer.

“I still don’t get it.”

His face bunched up in that pouty little moue he made whenever explaining art to the illiterate masses.  “It’s clearly a statement on the human condition in a post-consumerist era, an indictment of how our corporate greed has damaged the environment!”


He smiled, satisfied.


19 thoughts on “The Eye of the Beholder

  1. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Steve,

    ….and she smiled pleasantly and told him to take a hike. And lived happily ever after.

    I liked your story so much that I ended up hating him. Good job.



  2. Dear Steve,

    I think his explanation is spot on, at least, when it comes to corporate greed. But he does sound like a self-important ass. Well done.



  3. Ha ha! Yours goes so neatly with mine. I like it as it says as much about their relationship as it does about art.

  4. claireful says:

    Great characterisation in such a short piece. I especially liked ‘pouty little moue’.

  5. loved your piece on art. Loved that you saw art in the piece!

  6. helenmidgley says:

    I chuckled and I smirked, great job 🙂

  7. rgayer55 says:

    A rather pompous bastard, wasn’t he? I didn’t have a problem with his explanation, only his attitude. Well done, Steve.

  8. Jan Brown says:

    Ha! I think I’ve met this guy…or several like him 🙂

  9. kz says:

    “Oh.,” I said too. haha i liked your interpretation. though of course, i ended up disliking the guy too 🙂

  10. Sandra says:

    How likeable he is… NOT. Nicely characterised.

  11. I could see him in my mind, especially the ‘pouty little moue’. I think I’ve lived that story. 🙂 You used your words so well.


  12. Love this. Its quite similar to one I just read but this guy is more openly revolting.

  13. Steve Lakey says:

    All too believable. Some people will claim anything is art!

  14. Of course.. what else.. Wonder what he said when he saw that the real piece of art was behind him..

  15. AnElephantCant understand why everyone is so critical of the nice patient art expert.
    It can be quite tough explaining art to the illiterate masses.

  16. M. C. Dulac says:

    This made me smile! So true!

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