More Demand, More Paintings
A sign on the wall at an exhibit of René Magritte paintings noted, “Magritte repeatedly painted variants of his subjects, mostly to satisfy demand in the art market.” Even artists are selling their products, just as businesses do. When the demand for their product increases, it calls forth a supply. We also see this in popular literature, where a highly successful mystery writer winds up in a rut writing minor variations of an earlier hit. Sadly for us economists, this doesn’t seem as easy to do—the premium is on originality and novelty; if today’s demand called forth minor repetitions in what we supply, we soon wouldn’t get the stuff published very well!