Before we delve into the world of art concept ideas and its meanings we must first define art itself. Webster defines it as: the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principals, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more ordinary significance.
In simple terms it’s basically anything that gives visual joy or elation over a concrete portrayal, like a painting or a vase. But be careful to note that no piece of art is intrinsically beautiful, specifically when it comes to a painting or a jar made of clay.
For instance: to you an abstract painting may appear as a canvas with a bucket of art splashed all over it. But to another it may be a literal stroke of genius. But keep in mind that there are different manners and styles as well as intentions of art.
But is there actually a way to pinpoint the aesthetic value of art in itself. A lot of critics would say no. This is because an object or physical thing does not reveal the style or tenor of the art itself. Rather critiquing defines the artist’s fetish or thinking.
In the 18th century the full fledged, developed and integral process of proper critiquing was introduced to the world. The name of such art critiques were called connoisseurs. It was soon coined by an Italian named Giovanni Morelli. This art critic laid the initial principals for connoisseurs that would originate in Europe and spanned the US an eventually the contemporary art world of today.
Art connoisseurs were rather petty when it came to critiquing. This institution of thought was for the wealthy and elite demography. Such connoisseurs would “pull apart” artist’s art pieces. In a sense they were just flaunting their own opinions and base their view of paintings on very stringent criticism.
Naturally, friction and uneasiness grew between connoisseurs and the artist who put their hearts into their works. Such critics even targeted the written descriptions and personal thoughts of artists. Painters of today must be annoyed or even intimidated by the elitist critics.
It is amazing how a clear, lush painting that looks like almost the real thing can be “thrown under the buss” while an abstract piece of art with literally only a sleuth of vertical brush strokes in front of a blue backdrop is praised as genius and sells for tens of thousands of dollars.
I read almost every day about art relevant content I research. And I’m learning a lot. Roughly five months ago I bought an art reference book because at that time I was clueless about the basic art concept ideas. Related to that, the book aims to turn the reader into a connoisseur. In basic terms it comprehensively and simply enlightens the reader of what a genuine work of art is and how to spot fake or forged paintings from a mile away. Moreover, it tells all the technical art terminology and a brief history of art and the various movements that thrived through periods of time.
I am happy to learn more of the ways of an art connoisseur through the reference. I know the knowledge I will acquire will open a whole new world. For those of you who were stimulated to broaden your forte of art, specifically fine art. I will post this book for acquiring so you may get it in the future so check back every so often.
In conclusion, I hope you learned a thing or two about art concepts as well as the origin of art critiquing in its varying facets. It is at least food for thought. My biggest point is the manners and styles of artists and how they relate with the wide palette of those who view their works.
As usual, please leave comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject! Or, feel free to deviate from this particular article but still reflects art. Who knows, perhaps you will become a sophisticated art connoisseur yourself! Catch you alter art admirers and composers!