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From Van Gogh to Lady Gaga: artist eccentricity increases perceived artistic skill and art appreciation

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dc.contributor.author van Tilburg, Wijnand A.P.
dc.contributor.author Igou, Eric Raymond
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-01T14:50:49Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-01T14:50:49Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5370
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract We examined the impact of eccentricity on the evaluation of artistic skills and the quality of artworks. Based on the notion that artists are typically perceived as eccentric, creative and skilled, we tested the hypothesis that eccentricity increases perceptions of artistic quality. In Study 1, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting was evaluated more positively when he was said to have cut off his left ear lobe than when this information was not presented. In Study 2, participants liked art more when the artist was eccentric. In Study 3, the evaluation of fictitious art increased due to the artist’s eccentric appearance. Study 4 established that the eccentricity effect was specific to unconventional as opposed to conventional art. In Study 5, Lady Gaga’s music was more appreciated when she was displayed as highly eccentric; however, the eccentricity effect emerged only when the display seemed authentic. These novel findings indicate that art evaluations are partly rooted in perceptions of artists’ eccentricity and evidence the importance of perceived authenticity and skills for these attributions. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley & Sons en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Journal of Social Psychology;44 (2), pp. 93-103
dc.relation.uri http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejsp.1999/abstract
dc.rights This is the peer reviewed version of the following article 'From Van Gogh to Lady Gaga: Artist eccentricity increases perceived artistic skill and art appreciation' in European Journal of Social Psychology, 2014, 44 (2), pp, 93-103 which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.1999 en_US
dc.subject eccentricity en_US
dc.subject artists en_US
dc.subject stereotype en_US
dc.subject inferences en_US
dc.title From Van Gogh to Lady Gaga: artist eccentricity increases perceived artistic skill and art appreciation en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-12-01T14:35:25Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/ejsp.1999
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/ejsp.1999
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1562059
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Journal Of Social Psychology
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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