Ever wondered what makes some art expensive?

I am sure I am not alone in thinking there are some paintings in galleries throughout the world that I could have done with my eyes shut! I am not anti-art or without an interest in these things, but I wonder what criteria makes some art works GREAT and some just, ordinary.

I have watched shows on art fraud where even the specialists in the field find it difficult to pick out the fake. If I had a fake painting hanging on my wall (and didn’t know it was fake) would I enjoy it any less than the real thing?

Then there are the plethora of prints of original works. I support the concept that artists should be paid for their creations, however, why would I buy the original for $5,000 when I could have a beautifully framed print of the same for $200.00 maximum.

Can you pick the originals in my slide show?

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What are your thoughts on the $ value of art?

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9 thoughts on “Ever wondered what makes some art expensive?

  1. Art is not transparent
    Art is not one-size-fits-all
    Art is open to interpretation

    Art does not dictate or browbeat
    Art does not spoonfeed
    Art embraces us as we are

    Art is not static and unchanging
    Art is not an β€œopen and shut case”
    Art is fluid and emotive

    Art is not limited
    Art is not bounded
    Art is as infinite and indefinable as we are

    And sometimes “art” is just “rubbish.” πŸ˜€

  2. lol I am in the process of getting rid of a lot of emotion- so I think my painting creations are priceless! too funny……most of them are very dark deep colors and then I do something else right over top. I use to own a flowershop/ giftshop and said that I could do it, cheaper and better than what I was buying for resale. It always surprised me when someone would come in fall in love with the item and not even question the price.
    I think sometimes what a person gets from a piece of art is feelings or memories, how do you know?

    • Thanks for your thoughts on this and thanks also for following my blog :-). I think you are onto something about the emotional aspects of art. There is something that draws us towards it – we may not even be conscious of what it is …

  3. One man’s weed is another man’s flower!

    That thought came along after reading Nancy’s R for rubbish above! πŸ˜‰

    My post yesterday was based on Jackson Pollock. Many don’t get it… but as I said there, it’s not always about the stuff on the canvas, it’s about the thought processes it causes! As an illustration… I found the Mona Lisa to be a drab, boring little portrait… there are many, many better works out there yet that lady signifies something and was a revolutionary work when it was done!

    I hope I won’t be shot for the above comment! πŸ˜‰

    • I see what you mean. It is complicated and what may be art in one culture cannot withstand in an alternative culture. It is what makes the world interesting πŸ™‚

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