I wonder if the problem with praise has to do with not having an official system of hierarchy. You know, the scientists have their sources, and if you have sited your sources and they are good, then it's fine. But an artist does not have anyone they can point to that "makes it ok" to come up with something. It is the artist's responsibility, fully. Almost no one in the intellectual space has this sort of burden.
I don't know the cause honestly. I never sat down and tried to dissect it. Sometimes I think it's because being self critical is a very important aspect of learning visual art, you're so used to looking for the bad things that when someone points out something good it catches you off guard.
Artists do have hierarchies (established artists, cool kids, etc.) and trends that they can "cite", but you are right about the execution of anything being solely the artists responsibility.
I think the reason why praise is so hard to take for artists is because of the gap between intentions and results. Only the artist knows what they intended to create, but their audience doesn't, so an objectively good result may be considered terrible from the artist's standpoint if it didn't come out the way they wanted it to. That's how I see it, at least.
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