Art is one of the great status symbols in the modern society. Because of this, it can be quite intimidating most especially for the casual viewers. For some, their first impulse is to blow it off. They see art as worthless plaything for those bored and rich. This should not be the case since art can be among the best sources of pleasure in the lives of many and most of all a passing acquaintance with an artwork can deepen and enrich our own understanding of the people and world around us.
There is no shortcut in reading a painting or any other artworks and the below listed tips will surely help you have a wide understanding about the different artworks around you.
Take a Closer Look
Art may appeal to you through your own senses. On the other hand, it does not mean that a painting has to be very beautiful to be good. Give a time to this kind of thing; some of the works might be intriguing in subtle way. A certain art might catch your own attention via its subject, realistic appearance, juxtaposition of the objects, subject matter, or even visual jokes, and some other factors. Right after you have gotten the overlook at the painting, you can now ask yourself what the picture is all about.
What is the artwork all about?
You can look for symbols. Most of the paintings include clear symbols. For example, skulls are used in portraits of wealthy in order to remind that wealth is worldly; in the things’ grand scheme, it is ultimately meaningless.
Consider the Style
This is one of the most important elements you should consider in reading an artwork. Style is the mark of the individual creativity of an artist right on the canvass. There are some artists who follow the well-established styles. There are lots of Renaissance portraits that look exactly alike to casual viewers. Some artists on the other hand create finely, detailed work while some just slap paint around that create ecstatic, wild effects. It might not seem obvious as the symbolism and subject, but the style of an artwork definitely convey meaning to different viewers.
The largest part of art is emotional. This is why you can find that some of the artists go out of their own way in order to inspire intense reactions that range from awe to lust, anger to disgust. Knowing that there are artists who might be evoking emotional response, it is always a great idea to take a moment and then question the immediate reactions. If a certain artwork makes you angry, you can ask yourself why. Similarly, if your feelings are positive, ask yourself what they are like that.
The more you know about artwork, the more better experiences you will have. However, you should know better in order to get something out of an artwork or painting. Always keep in mind the concepts: subject, style, symbolism as well as self-examination. You can pay a visit to an art gallery or museum and then see if you find something worth your own time.
Alvin A. Aquino
Alvin is a visionary poetic philosopher who seeks Enlightenment in life. Forging for a new way of understanding by sharing his personal experience and intuitive ideas for human development through creative pursuits.