I have just registered and am looking forward to getting to know the community here.
I have a question regarding blending.
Why is an un-blended painting considered superior to a blended one?
I know and admire greatly the work of JSS but he, along with the other great masters, were painting on large canvasses designed to be hung in large rooms.
Today living areas are much smaller and so even a JSS could not perhaps be appreciated the same way?
So I assume the practical reason for little blending is to make the painting points of interest 'stand out' from distance. So then why does the un-blended painting remain superior?
I suspect the reason is simply to show off the skill of the painter, am I right?