Terry Teachout, writing in today's Wall Street Journal, talks about "The Uses of Second-Rate Art: you can learn a lot from not-quite-masterworks."
And, what's one of the "second-rate" pieces he talks about? Claude Monet's "Charing Cross Bridge," hanging in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
"...[I]t had never occured to me that a truly great painter could ever be less than great," Teachout writes in his "Sightings" column. "But when I went to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and looked at Claude Monet's 'Charing Cross Bridge,' I saw that even a master can have his off days."