Visual art has been prominent since ages. Before the time humans learnt to read and write, they began to draw. And so the world of art led to the creation of interesting stories, legends and statistics. Here are some of them.
Vincent Van Gough was a renowned impressionist painter. However trends show that during his lifetime he managed to sell only one of his paintings. His worth was recognized only after his death, and got him many accolades when he was not around to enjoy them.
Art is often treasured for its appreciation value over the years. Skeptics on this would benefit to know that the value of art has surpassed that of the stock markets over the past twenty years. Given the coveted position that art today enjoys, the trend is likely to continue for many years to come.
The price of art is determined by many factors, of which the name of the artist is one. Besides this, the style of art, current trends of buying and quality of artwork are other factors deciding its price. Finally, the greater the demand for the artwork, the higher would be its asking price.
If you thought that only good art was popular, here’s an interesting fact. A Museum for Bad Art (MOBA) does exist and happens to be the world’s only museum to store and preserver samples of bad art. Needless to say, their collection has been growing.
The painting of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci has held great value over the years. In 1962 it was valued at $100 million. And one can be sure that this figure has only grown with time.
Art is often sold at exorbitant prices, thanks to the appeal it invites from buyers. Some of the most expensive artworks sold include ‘Jackson Pollock’ sold at $140 million and Willem de Cooning’s work, sold at $138 million. Eight Elvises, one of Andy Warhol’s pop art portraits was sold at $100 million.
Though many of the legendary artists were brilliant at artwork, they were not so successful at studies. Picasso was one such student. Van Gogh’s education was also known to be rather sketchy and he discontinued it in the later years.
Another interesting fact on art is that most artists are seen to be left-handed. This includes popular names like da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and even Escher. Scientists say that people with left hand domination have a dominant right-brain usage and that they may be faster at processing multiple stimuli.
If you have been led to believe that it is cheaper to buy artwork directly from the artists, and is more expensive to buy it from galleries, then you can think again. Reputed galleries often get you the same price for artwork as you would get directly from the artist.
And finally, the last fact. Art is usually purchased to enhance home décor. While most couples choose to select the good art pieces together, their tastes usually do not match during the initial selection.
Art is as broad as it is deep. Art was there before civilization and will be around for ages to come. It is omnipresent in various forms, growing, changing and evolving. And it is for us to open our eyes to its wonders.