What is an original artwork?

original artwork

What is an original artwork? An original piece of art is fundamentally one that was made by the artist themselves. Original artworks differ significantly from replicas in a number of ways. Their distinctiveness is influenced by their materials, colours, sizes, surfaces, and spatial presence. Researchers have studied how people's perceptions of art are influenced by copies in great detail. According to Walter Benjamin, images can be mechanically reproduced without losing their original context, which opens up new audiences and situations for them. John Berger agreed, emphasising the way that copies make images more accessible to spectators and increase their potential meanings in connection to other images and words. The internet and the development of digital technology have greatly expanded the availability of art reproductions. Nonetheless, a lot of academics stress how important it is to view genuine artwork in person. Academics such as Kirk Varnedoe and Barbara Savedoff contend that although digital reproductions are readily available, they have the potential to skew our understanding of the original artwork through the application of subjective representational decisions.

Naughty Bird Painting by Barrie J Davies 2023, Mixed media on Canvas, 50cm x 75cm, Unframed and ready to hang.

Tagore’s original art

His very unique perspective is a key component of Tagore's creative genius and sets him apart as the first modern Indian artist as well as the most original Indian artist. In contrast to many of his contemporaries, Tagore's artwork shows no signs of inspiration from other painters or art movements. Twilight-inspired spectral landscapes and mysterious portraits of men and women are the main aspects of Tagore's imagery. His portraits show an amazing range of emotions, from angry and melancholy to languorous and gloomy, frequently conveying a sense of anguish or grief. Many of these portraits, as well as pictures of animals and birds, have an enigmatic character that alluded to the subject's intense introspection.

Amazingly, every one of Tagore's many faces is endowed with unique qualities and is created using a range of styles and methods. Some are quickly drawn with scribbled lines, almost like etchings, while others are expertly rendered in ink with translucent washes of dark hues. To create unusual effects, Tagore frequently used non-traditional instruments like twigs or cotton wool soaked in ink. Because ink dries quickly, he discovered that it was the best medium for his temperament, even though he was impatient. Due to its richness, Tagore loved working with black and frequently combined it with other hues to produce gloomy tones and a depressing ambiance. If a less experienced artist were to use this technique, there was a chance that the colours might become murky.

Anything Goes Painting by Barrie J Davies 2023, Mixed media on Canvas, 50cm x 75cm, Unframed and ready to hang.

Authority in Original Artwork

Since the 1970s, authority control—the process that guarantees uniformity in the choice and arrangement of headings—has grown more and more important for librarians, especially with the rise of significant automated bibliographic networks. Authority management is particularly important when cataloguing art items because it is necessary but frequently difficult to properly attribute an artist to an artwork. Putting aside the difficulties of connoisseurship, museum registrars, curators, slide librarians, or archivists must pay close attention to details when determining the attribution of an artwork; this process is similar to bibliographic procedures.

Although authority files are becoming more and more important in museum documentation, there is still a lack of particular information about the control over artist names, even with the acknowledged difficulties in assigning names. As a result, numerous organizations—even those within the same organization—have formed or are in the process of building authority files separately, with little to no cooperation. The body of research on this subject is not up to date with advances in technology that support individual differences in network databases. Libraries are a good source of authority names and library science insights that museums can utilise to standardise their documentation procedures.

Polygon Window Painting by Barrie J Davies 2023, Mixed media on Canvas, 50cm x 75cm, Unframed and ready to hang.


The history of art and originality have become closely entwined concepts. Because of this relationship, aesthetics has historically examined issues including the source of inspiration for the artist, the mystery surrounding the creative process, and the artist's passionate quest for expression. Aesthetics has also explored how art reflects the emotional zeitgeist, the artist's function as a spokesperson of their time, and the artistic quest for authenticity. These subjects are pertinent to the making of art in general and original artwork in particular, which is prized for its originality and creativity.

But it's important to keep in mind that there should be a bigger reason for pursuing uniqueness. The ultimate goal is to create visually stunning or valuable works of art that arouse independent aesthetic experiences. This is an experience that is isolated from the outside world and concentrates only on the tangible aspects of the artwork. Discussions about authenticity and forgeries may benefit from historical context, but pure aesthetic evaluation and judgement are unaffected by it. Forgeries are important, but more in historical, biographical, legal, or commercial contexts than in strictly aesthetic assessment.

More Likes Painting by Barrie J Davies 2023, Mixed media on Canvas, 30cm x 42cm, Unframed and ready to hang.

Artistic legacy

There are many ways in which artists, fashion, and foundations can come together, and independent foundations are frequently the storytellers of the lives and legacies of artists. Artists have the ability to define styles and influence fashion trends that reflect a holistic way of living, both during and after their lives. Artists may serve as both a source of inspiration and support for fashion firms and nonprofits. The term "art-keting" refers to a variety of intricate practices seen in relationship marketing and social media communication, such as hybridization, co-marketing, and partnerships. Artist-endowed foundations support the growth of communities by providing resources and inspiration for various initiatives, media, and styles—often with a focus on making money.

Within the fashion industry, these bases support the development of financial and artistic resources for fashion and artistic pursuits. Supporting regional efforts can also help advance larger international development agendas when fashion and art combine to promote wealth and mutual gain. "Art-keting" is a term that encompasses a range of phenomena, including production and art patronage as well as cooperative hybridizations and synergies.

While the idea of originality in art is closely linked to its historical setting, it is not the same as questions of authenticity or fraud when it comes to aesthetic assessment. Through their foundations, artists such as Tagore leave behind enduring legacies that influence not only creative trends but also cross over into other sectors like fashion and community development. The convergence of fashion, art, and philanthropy highlights the lasting value of unique artistic expression by providing chances for creative cooperation and social effect as the art world develops.

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