How to start collecting art

Art collecting

How To Start Collecting Art? 

Collecting art is similar to any hobby that one may pick up. For hundreds of years, people have enjoyed different kinds of artworks even as they evolved in both form and delivery as time passed. One might even say that collecting art has become a symbol or representation of a person’s social status — and while this might be a common notion, art collecting has been more relatable to the masses in recent times.

Way back even in ancient times, the practice of collecting art has been a standard among people of higher statuses and social standing. Viewed as a fashion item and a manner that one can “show off” their wealth to their peers, art collections have been prominent throughout the ages. The value of said artworks goes up not only with age but also depending on their origins and the reputation of their creator.

Art collections have been so rampant that entire galleries and museums have been opened up to the public for further appreciation of these pieces that have been gathered together in a single area whether by a prominent historical individual or a particular organization.

Some of the world’s most prestigious museums include precious galleries in the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum. While the world’s most important art pieces such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and Self-Portrait with a Felt Hat by Vincent Van Gogh are housed in these institutions, personal collections by hobbyists and art aficionados have also risen in popularity as art in itself had become more open to the common folk.

The emergence of the contemporary art movement has paved the way for many artists to make a name for themselves in the community. And with the increasing population of creators also comes an ever-growing audience of people who not only appreciate the works of these artists but also have gained an interest in collecting said pieces.

And if ever you are interested in starting your own art collection, the first step is to do a lot of research. From attending art fairs and exhibitions to keeping tabs on various artists on their accounts online, snooping around would build up your experience and eye for good art.

Next, being on the lookout for limited edition prints released by artists that can fetch for a relatively cheaper price than their full-sized original pieces is also a deal in the art-collecting scene that you should pay extra attention to. Some of these prints usually go on sale in auctions or other forms of transactions that benefit a cause or charity organizations.

Lastly, trusting your gut is the most important step of it all. From the deciding process all the way up to where you want to place your collected art in the house, everything should be what you feel suits your preferences the most.

While having a guide helps in mapping out your interests, relying on your instinct to choose artworks that you would like to display in your collection does not hurt; and doing so might even add a little bit of flair and personality to your gallery.

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