Thursday, February 9, 2012

What Makes a Work of Art Good?

After having recently attended several lectures on new museum theory, we noticed a wide spectrum of what different exhibition curators consider "good" art.  What makes one painting any better or worse than another painting?  Is it the use of bold color or texture?  Is it the thematic elements?  Is it the draftsmanship?  Does a good painting have to pull deep emotion from the viewer or can it just be something that would look lovely over a couch?  Here are some of our favorite quotes from several of art history's most renown painters: 
  • Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain. ~Georges Braque
  • There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. ~Pablo Picasso
  • A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. ~Paul Cezanne
  • Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. ~Edgar Degas
  • Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. ~Claude Monet
  • I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness. ~Joan Miro
  • I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.' ~Vincent Van Gogh
What elements do you think are necessary for a painting to be considered good?  We'd love to hear your opinion!

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