Such acclaim gives Thomas Kinkade not only bragging rights but also the right to dismiss Pablo Picasso.
I dont believe, in time, that [Picasso] will be regarded as the titan that he is now, Kinkade tellsCBS News Correpsondent Morley Safer in a 60 Minutes interview to be broadcast Sunday. He is a man of great talent who, to me, used it to create three Picassos before breakfast because he could get $10,000 for them.
Both men laugh when Safer replies to Kinkade, who uses television and the Internet to sell his art, You may not create three Kinkades before breakfast, but you may sell 30,000 before lunch.
Safers response may not be too far off the mark for Americas most popular artist, whose business has grown from reproductions on canvas of his original oil paintings to a whole line of merchandise. Kinkades company says $600 million worth of retail products bearing his images were sold last year, including everything from high-end canvas reproductions to table-top collectibles to calendars
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