Every day, thousand of artworks are displayed worldwide and hundreds of art lovers patronise exhibitions and art galleries to collect them.
But how do we look at a painting and see something beyond just a picture. Bellow are few steps on how to understand and appreciate painting.
Painting; a product of inner reality.
There is need for every spectator to understand that art, like religion deals with inner reality; the artist expresses the inside of life and not the outside. Inner reality means what the artist wishes to exteriorize or present to the world.
Therefore, every work of art is a product of the artists’ thinking and he expresses it in a manner he so wishes.
Understanding inner reality throws light into understanding the concept of picture making. A quick grasp of inner reality depends on artistic intuition or a very long experience of looking at pictures, and many often than not, on both
Act of creation and understanding
There exists a great difference between the act of creation and the act of understanding or appreciation. The difference lies in the fact that, on one hand, the artist gives a totality of himself and his own interpretation of the world around him (inner meaning). The spectator on the other hand, only accepts the facets of this interpretation through the facet of the artists personality. This constitutes a meeting point between them.
Spectators are first attached to pictures because it stirs a certain feeling in them; maybe because of pleasurable association, or because the picture appeals to their imagination (intellect). This association between you and the artist constitutes the bases of art appreciation.
But how can you build the association further? This is done by observing the Pictorial Elements. We will be looking into that next week.