The biggest challenge being an art aficionado is to label which painting is a good one and which is not worth wasting time. Since art is a widely subjective term, identifying the indicators that can tell the essence of a painting is truly an arduous task.
I, myself, don’t trust art experts most of the times because my thinking does not match up with theirs. It happens and it’s totally ok to be in a situation like this.
This gave me an idea to jot down a few tips for the art lovers so that everyone can find out which artwork is more intriguing and which is ordinary.
In this blog hence, I will be discussing the five most compelling traits of paintings that could help art aficionados to identify an exquisite painting with ease. A small disclaimer; all these traits mentioned here are just my interpretations (that are made after thorough research), so if you are not able to make a connection with what I am going to scribble down, it is ok. Everyone has its own way of deciphering an artwork.
Let’s start with mine:
Something that visually attracts your sense and mind will be called beautiful by you. But again, that’s all subjective. The decision you make seeing an extravagant painting to call it beautiful is instinctive and quite natural.
In other words, the decision is not even made by you, instead, you are just mesmerised by the aesthetics that lies in that particular piece of art.
Calling something beautiful is just a matter of what an individual likes, think, perceives, relates, and experiences.
If an art lover X has experienced all his life sorrows and setbacks, seeing vivacious modern art paintings will submerge him in sad thoughts. On the other hand, if an art aficionado has felt happiness and love all his life, modern art will provide him with a sense of positivity and joy.
So, it’s all depends on how one perceives and with what experience he/she relates the artwork with.
Few generic aspects that art lovers like in a painting are:
- Shapes, designs, and uniformities that are repetitive in nature.
- Colours (Of course!)
- Colour combinations
- Movement of brush strokes
Remember, you do not require to crosscheck each trait mentioned here. When you like a painting all these aspects are automatically stimulated by your brain making you adore the artwork in just a matter of seconds.
This is why a lot of art aficionados and art collectors often get their hands on the painting they like instantly without any second thoughts.
A lot of art lovers (like myself) are also inclined towards the technique with which a painting is being crafted. And why not, this is an aspect that makes comparing and measuring an artwork quite simple.
Once you like an artwork, look for other paintings that are being crafted in the same medium. This will ease your judgement for an artwork to a greater extent. In fact, when you focus on the medium you can see which artist has put in his/her best work and which hasn’t.
Another way is to see multiple works of the same artist. It is quite normal that few of the paintings of an artist might be more intriguing and eye-catching than the others. This way you can figure the best of the artworks from a big lot of paintings.
Apart from this, try to identify the uniformities in the inconsistency of brush strokes and patterns in the painting. When you observe modern art paintings, it is quite normal to see some unstructured designs and compositions.
What’s more fascinating is that when you look closely to an exquisite artwork, you would find that the inconsistency is being followed in more than one area in the painting. This is how abstract and contemporary artists craft a painting.
If the artist has rushed into the painting, you wouldn’t find the non-uniformity more than once in the painting indicating it is just another lose stroke of the brush.
The deep-rooted interpretations
A painting reflects not only colours, patterns, artistry, and compositions, but also evokes emotions out of humans. One can see a particular artwork and feel a sense of joy, sorrow, and excitement depending on what experience he/she is able to relate with.
However, not all the artworks necessarily mean something. For an instance, if you look at the still life of apples and oranges, it is just a painting.
Now there are different implications of paintings such as representational, art that reference other artworks, storytelling art, statement-making art, and metaphorical art.
Whenever you are on observing an artwork, seek that one point of distinction that you have never experienced or seen before.
It may happen that one or two times you can find the uniqueness in just a few seconds, other times, you won’t even if you spend hours or days looking.
Every artist has different dimensions of themes, compositions, styles, colour selections, and brush strokes.
For example, modern art paintings are quite unique in each of the forms while traditional paintings are somewhat revolving around the similar themes again and again.
If you think there are other exciting and captivating factors that can ease the efforts of art aficionados to judge an artwork, please comment below. I would be more than happy to discuss.