How To Look At Art
Learning how to look at art certainly doesn't have to abide by any established notions. However, being aware of certain ideas can allow you to develop a fuller appreciation of art, while not eliminating your personal perceptions of a work. Take these considerations in mind to learn how to look at art.
- Familiarize yourself with the context of the piece. Perhaps you are looking at a religious painting in a certain era or a post-modern work of art. You may be surprised how the context plays a role in the art, such as explaining certain mediums, techniques and uses of color. Alternatively, it is not uncommon for a work of art to be inspired by events in history or what was occurring when the work was created.
- Pay attention to all details of the work. Often the first thing people notice is their natural reaction to a piece of art based on the totality of the work. This is, of course, quite natural. However, in order to develop a deeper perception, take notice of all aspects in the work of art. You'd be surprised on how the subtle use of color, contrast, style and many other factors.
- Don't get too worried about looking at art in the "correct way." It is vital that you don't become too preoccupied with some notion of looking at art "correctly." One beautiful thing about art is subjectivity. While taking some time to realize the dynamics of art can be engaging, don't let it undermine your enjoyment of art.