If you are looking to buy art, here is a guide to help you. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you purchase an artwork. As you make your decision, we recommend that you go over these questions in order to make a deliberate and calm decision.
Why am I buying this work?
In order to succeed, you need to have a clear understanding of your goals before tackling the other aspects. What is the primary reason you are purchasing this work? Is it for passion, investment, or both? The two reasons for purchasing should always be combined in order to enhance the useful as well as the pleasant aspects of the purchase. Setting your acquisition objectives is the first step in the acquisition process.
How reliable is the work’s provenance?
This is a crucial point that you should not ignore! Verify that you can trace the creation of the work to the purchase you make.
Take your time to analyze the situation and find out what’s going on. It is important not to hesitate to ask questions of the seller and, if needed, to contact a specialist who can assist you. If you have any doubts about the authenticity and/or provenance of a contemporary work, you can contact the artist directly.
Does the artwork’s format suit my home?
I would like to talk about something more practical right now. You can use the measuring tape to measure the size of any painting, sculpture, or other type of artwork that you plan to purchase. Be sure that the artwork’s dimensions are appropriate for where it will be installed by taking the necessary measurements. Next, please consider whether the work is appropriate for your environment, whether it is in harmony with your decoration, whether its colors are complementary to those of your house.
My home is in optimal conservation conditions?
As soon as the work has been acquired, it will be moved to its new home. It should, however, be welcomed, and for that reason, it must be checked that all the conservation conditions will be met. If you are interested in preserving a work of art and avoiding inconveniences, this aspect is often overlooked by collectors.
Can the work be resold in the future?
Reselling a piece of art isn’t something we think about when we buy it. However, if a hard blow comes our way or if an unforeseen event occurs, we may need to sell it quickly. If you intend to resell the property, you should evaluate the market’s dynamics before making a purchase to anticipate a possible resale and have solutions readily available.
Is there a size for your space or art?
A large, bold piece often needs more space and breathing room, so it’s best to pick it out carefully for a particular area. A smaller piece of artwork provides for a greater degree of flexibility and is also capable of combining with other works of art on a wall. Consider the viewing distances in each of your different rooms when you are planning your layout. If you have a large room, you can put in larger pieces that can be appreciated from a distance, which is the best way to appreciate them. There is nothing wrong with placing smaller and more detailed art in a small space or corridor if you really want to attract your attention.
What is the name of the artist?
A little research on the artist can go a long way in helping you make an informed choice. Would you say that their overall style and values appeal to you? In addition to the art you already own, what other artwork is on sale in the store, and are there any others that you might find in the future that will complement your collection? High-authority artists always use accessories to enhance their work. Miniature painters may use portable magnifying glasses for miniatures when working up close.
With this list, I hope it will go a long way toward helping you feel more confident when it comes to buying art and enabling you to build a collection you cherish and love. Whenever you acquire a new piece of art, there is a high possibility that you will strengthen your art intuition. As a collector, you are embarking on a life-long journey that is both exciting and inspiring!