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Is a 4-year-old Australian the 'next Picasso'?
Toddler Aelita Andre, who's reportedly sold her paintings for $30,000 a pop, has a solo exhibition at a Manhattan gallery. Miracle or scam?
 
Australian Aelita Andre, 4, poses in front of her abstract paintings, some of which have sold for tens of thousands of dollars.
Australian Aelita Andre, 4, poses in front of her abstract paintings, some of which have sold for tens of thousands of dollars.
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The video: New York City's Agora Gallery is showcasing the paintings of Australian artist Aelita Andre, described as an up-and-coming master of abstract impressionism and surrealism, and even the "next Picasso." (See a video about Andre below.) How up-and-coming? She's 4. But her art has been selling since she was a relatively unseasoned 2-year-old. The works at the Agora exhibition are listed at $5,000 to $11,000 a canvas, and she's sold at least nine so far — plus other pieces on the side, for as much as $30,000 each. Agora director Angela Di Bello says she had no idea the work was done by a toddler when she chose to feature it.

The reaction: "I am always wary when I hear the words 'art prodigy,'" says Mara Siegler at Guest of a Guest. But these "amazing" paintings are the real deal, and priced accordingly. It's enough to make you regret that you wasted your own babyhood merely struggling to pee systematically. Still, a "toddler Picasso"? says Geoff Hutchsion at Australia's ABC News. No way. Sure, Andre's done "nice splatter work," but there's a big gap between "gifted" and "genius." Maybe it isn't so far-fetched, says Rachel Quigley at the Daily Mail. As Picasso himself once said, "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." Watch the video and judge for yourself:

 

 

 

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