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Evaluating A Piece Of Art... What To Consider?

Updated: Mar 5

Criteria for an oil painting are not easy, and it goes beyond the first impression and emotional effect the Artwork leaves in the heart after passing through the eyes. There are a few rules that an art collector would consider in the process of evaluating an oil painting.

What Message Does The Painting Convey?

"The message the artist trying to immortalize"

Art is a timeless message from the artist to his viewers, a true artist would use an emotional approach to define or redefine the basic concepts of humanity, a true artist mainly practices art as an illuminating ritual to visualize the path of humanity toward a brighter future. In the process of evaluating a piece of art, before talking about Light and shades or the color palette or the techniques the artist used, the message the artist trying to immortalize and the artist's ability to deliver it to his viewers' hearts is what really matters.

Why Is The Date Of An Artwork Important?

"the original groundbreaking pioneers' paintings"

Every art movement is a wave, first, the groundbreaking pioneers, the origin of the avant-garde art movement, then comes the second generation's validation of the ideas of the pioneers and spreading the wave into the art community, after a period of time the purity of the art movement starts to fade and turn into a precursor from which new ideas and concepts start to develop. For example, the abstraction wave evoked by theosophical society in the early 20th century started with the groundbreaking works of its pioneers Hilma Af Klimt, Wassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian. After the three pioneers, the second generation represented by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning...etc. Knowing the creation date of an oil painting is important because it simply enables the viewer to classify the piece of art within the art wave, in its time was it a work of a pioneer or a follower.

How Can I Tell If A Painting Is Original?

"Any step forward out the art world boundaries is considered an original step"

The word original has many different interpretations. Some would say that to be original is to do something that has never been done before, Others might think of the original as being the first presentation or the unveiling. To be original is relative, some paintings are original in introducing a new style, composition, color tones, techniques or even being non-subjective like Hilma Af Klint's abstract paintings. Creating art in a remarkable distinguishable way, to know who is the artist even without Looking at the signature, is a step forward in creating original art, the style includes the steps the artist took to create the artwork, whether it was classical multilayered artwork or an impression with a single layer of thick paints on the canvas, it also includes the color, was it realistic tones or fictional tones out of the realistic spectra, don't mention skill and time required to establish this style.

Oil Painting Techniques Used By The Artist

"The Technique Is The Path The Artist Used To Creat His Art"

Whether the artist used a painting brush, pallet knife, or even his hands directly to apply oil paints on canvas, the marks the tool creates on the surface of the canvas, tell the story of the artwork creation process. A good artist's technique would guarantee a durable time resistance piece of art, and a good technique guarantees the surface of the oil painting would remain shiny, intact, and crack resistant. The "fat over lean" rule is key, the primary layer is to be leaner in terms of oil than the successive layer above, notice, Fat over Lean refers to the oil painting principle that applying paint with a higher ratio of oil to color pigments over paint with a lower ratio of oil to color pigments can ensure a more flexible paint film that will not crack later.

How Was The Color Palette?

An artwork will create very different energy depending on whether it contains all one color, a few colors, or many colors. And then the type of energy they emit will depend on what exactly those colors are. For example, a monochromatic painting that contains seven different tints and shades of off-white will look and feel entirely different than a painting that has the exact same composition but is painted with every color.

How The Artist Utilized Light and shades?

Notice the light transitions, the sensitivity of the artist's eyes toward the light and shades is crucial to create depth, adjusting the light and shadows can capture the viewer's eyes on the flat canvas.

How To Evaluate Paintings?
How To Evaluate Paintings?

What Makes A Good Composition In A Painting?

"In evaluating an oil painting a good composition is the most important aspect."

A painting composition is the arrangement of elements within a work of art. It’s how the artist arranges shapes, colors, and lines to deliver the artwork's message to the viewer. A good painting composition can capture and hold the eyes of the viewers, while a bad one can make it look chaotic and unappealing. A good composition is one where the artist controls the movement of the viewer's eye to a beneficial result. Artists can do this by a number of means, such as reinforcing the focal point with the Rule of Thirds, implied lines, and selective color saturation. The full utilization of the two-dimensional space on a canvas, the interaction between the artwork subjects and the background, the color, and light transitions all these elements target the capture of the viewer's eyes and enhance the delivery of the artist's message, To achieve a successful composition is not easy and depends on the artist's ability to utilize his skills to create a unique homogeneous or heterogeneous artwork, sometimes achieving an emotionally effective heterogenous artwork is much harder than a homogenous piece of art.

The Artwork's Impact On The Viewer

the value of the artwork is not only about the realistic color tones, the subjective emotions and responses that the painting arouses within a person is what really matters. artist accomplishes this aim through distortion, exaggeration, primitivism, and fantasy and through the vivid, jarring, violent, or dynamic application of formal elements. Creativity, originality of the depicted theme, and the overall impression of the artwork, are important factors to consider while evaluating a piece of art.

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