How to Look at Fine Art


Whether at a prestigious art museum, local library or place of worship, art can be found everywhere. But what makes one piece better or different from another?
Price and name recognition are the least important variables. Anywhere there is an art showing, find at least one art piece that you relate to. If you find several works of art, eliminate until you get down to one or two. 

Jury Fine Art like a professional by asking yourself these questions:

  1. Is the work Fine Art? Fine art here is defined as an oil, watercolor, acrylic or other media on canvas, paper or other background. (Other legitimate art forms which I may talk about later are sculpture, crafts, illustrations, prints, photos, projected art, giclee and/or computer generated art.)

  2.   Is the work thought-provoking? Does it engage your mind? (*See Henri Matisse - “Dessert: Harmony in Red” -         Hermitage Museum.)

  3.  Is the design pleasing to your eye? ( *See Charles Demuth -”Zinnias and a Blue Dish with Lemons” - National Gallery of  Art.)

  4. Is the work seducing you? Do you feel compelled to go back for a second look?   Does it  still appear fresh? Have a spark? (*See Giovanna Garzoni - “Figs Bowl”  privately owned.)

 5. Does the work reveal more the second time around? (*See Helen Frankenthaler-“The Bay” - Detroit Institute of Arts.)

6.   Would you like to own it?  If so, then this will become an investment instead of a simple purchase.

Tip: I always look for something unique=slightly out of place. (*See  René Magritte- “The Field Glass” - The Menil Collection - Houston, Texas

(*These works can be looked up on Google.).  

© Judy Enright 2012