Art Criteria

In all the times the people did their best to understand what art is. Artists and art analysts argued and discussed the criteria of art. Tastes differ and each person may have his or her own opinion on art. You come to an art gallery and choose the paintings and objects that attract you. Some people value the beauty of art, other people suppose that art should be realistic. The third ones may consider the most important aspect of art to be the fact that it should express feelings and emotions. There are a large number of paintings in the world and the ones may be characterized by the photographic fidelity while the others perfectly transmit the mood of the author being totally abstract.

It is a wide-spread opinion that art should express various ideas. But still there are the ones who enjoy art for the sake of art.

The price of masterpieces is also a topic for numerous discussions. Vincent Van Gogh died in poverty as no one wanted to buy his paintings. However today the art works by Vincent Van Gogh are considered to be the most expensive ones.

If one would have a quick look on the art history he may trace the changes in tastes, preferences and art criteria. For example in the Middle Ages nature itself wasn’t supposed to be worth of depicting. Landscapes were only the background for some life scenes. In the nineteenth century the genre of landscape became the most popular one.

As soon as the quality looking glasses appeared the self-portraits became really popular. Since that time the realistic manner of painting has gained its popularity.

The symbols used in paintings may stand for the most profound concepts in our life. For example books may symbolize knowledge, rotting fruit mean death, fruit denote pleasure.

The modern artists don’t only exhibit their paintings but also make performances to express their ideas.


One Response to “Art Criteria”

  1. Thanks for the comments. You’re blog is very well laid out. I’m more of an amaetur. Thanks for stopping in! Robert at Rooftop

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