Why Is Art Expensive?

Have You Ever Wondered... Why is art expensive? What role does scarcity play in the price of art? How much can famous paintings sell for at auction? Do you like to draw pictures for your friends and family members? Many kids like to grab their colored pencils and a notebook when they're getting ready to go for a long ride in the car. Creating original works of art is a great way to pass the time in the car. Not all works of art turn out exactly like you intended them to, though. Perhaps you wanted to draw a picture of your dad wearing his new tennis shoes. You draw an oval for the head and then you add the shoes. Something doesn't look quite right, though. Oops! You forgot to draw the neck, chest,...

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5 Reasons On Why You Need Art In Our Lives.

Art, in its many forms, exists in every community, every culture, and every country. Art has been created since time began, evidenced in cave paintings and rock art, and in today’s world we know that art can be a major economic force, yet we continue to question the worth of art. Often I have heard someone dismiss a work of art by saying, “I could do that” or “I don’t understand it”. Perhaps not placing value on something that we ourselves could make or expecting things to be easily understood speaks to the loss of thoughtfulness and creativity in our world and only magnifies our need for the arts. Here are five reasons why I believe we need art: 1....

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Top 5 Artwork in Baroque Era

LAS MENINASThe longer one looks at Diego Velázquez’s 1656 painting Las Meninas, the more questions arise. Case in point: Scholars have been analyzing the painting for over three centuries, and still haven’t settled on its meaning. “Few paintings in the history of art have generated so many and varied interpretations as this, Velázquez’s culminating work,” wrote art historian and Velázquez expert Jonathan Brown in his 1986 book, Velázquez: Painter and Courtier. Nearly two decades later, during a 2014 lecture at The Frick Collection, he quipped, “I feel in my bones that I may be suffering from the early stages of LMFS—Las Meninas Fatigue Syndrome,” adding, “I’m not referring to the painting, but to the writing about it.”An enigmatic group portrait...

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When we think about the “greatest” of all time, what does that really mean? What earns someone that title? Is it sheer genius and innovation? Hard work and perseverance? In the history of art, there are a lot of incredible painters. But there are some who stand just a hair above the rest and have created a lasting legacy that endures well beyond their lifetime. So who are the greatest painters of all time? Not only are they technically skilled, but these artists have all made important contributions that have changed Western culture. Many of these artists were considered avant-garde because they pushed boundaries and made startling innovations. Most were already considered geniuses during their lifetimes and enjoyed unparalleled success,...

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The History of Art and Their Impacts to Society

The foundation of art history can be traced back tens of thousands of years to when ancient civilizations used available techniques and media to depict culturally significant subject matter. Since these early examples, a plethora of art movements have followed, each bearing their own distinct styles and characteristics that reflect the political and social influences of the period from which they emerged. Whether you’re an aspiring collector or simply appreciate the work of history’s great artists, studying the major movements of the art history timeline is a worthwhile place to start. Influential genres of art from the Renaissance to the rise of Modernism have undoubtedly made their mark on history. With many artists today like Banksy, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley consistently infusing art historical references...

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