12 Steps defining an artwork

Updated: Feb 4

The 12 steps defining an artwork

1- the support used: canvas, paper, wood panel, etc.

2-the quality of the rendering: finishing, details, the strength of the lines, the gesture of the artist ( Pollock)

3- the technique: acrylic, oil, watercolor, gouache, drawing, collage,

4- the subject: portrait, still life, landscape, graffiti

5- the used colors

6- the originality of the artwork

7-the size of the work, large artworks, etc

8- the timeframe the artwork was created

9- the impact the artwork may have on the viewer

10- the accomplishment of the artist, work of youth, maturity work, end of life etc.

11- the artists value, quotation in auction, gallery,

12- the artist notoriety, exhibitions, books, magazine articles

A photography doesn’t show anything

To appraise correctly an artwork, it is most important to have the artwork in the hands and to be able to look at the details, the structure and the brushstrokes, that you can’t see on a photo.

Photos do not reveal everything; they often are even showing distortions in perspective, colors, contrasts etc.

An artwork is principally an “object” , it has to be analyzed considering the structure, the details , all the elements shown in the 12 steps that are making the artwork.

We were considering paintings in this chapter, but with sculptures it is even more difficult if not impossible to render the tri dimensions of a sculpture.

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