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Sentimental paintings and “kitsch” art have a controversial reputation in the history of art. Generally looked down upon by “serious” collectors, it has been claimed that overly sentimental art may express disingenuous emotions, is self-indulgent, and interferes with rational thought and an understanding of the art world.

Historically, this has been a problem for critics of sentimental art because sentimentality is seen as a distraction and a way for us to shift our attention from the harsh realities of the world to more pleasant, unthreatening subject matter.

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