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Basic Guidelines for Buying Affordable Art Online

By Themuseumoutlet 4 years ago 319 Views No comments

You come across many sculptures and paintings for sale online. How do you know what's best for your investments? These guidelines provide a peep into what you should know before paying at a local or online art shop.

One evening last fall, I found myself sitting with an elite audience of art lovers at the coveted Indianapolis Art Center. I was participating in a forum that boasted of an impressive panel. Here, the veterans spoke on a number of topics related to the fine nuances of purchasing art. According to a distinguished speaker, anyone can collect and buy paintings on sale, art pieces on auction, or sculptures at exhibitions intelligently. It's a fact that no prior knowledge of collecting art, the art business, or degrees in history of art is a necessity. Buying art online, or for that matter offline, merely requires the love and appreciation for different art forms, a willingness to learn some simple techniques of evaluating the dating of art works, a desire to collect, and a discerning eye.

Though the rest of the discussions pertained to recommendations and suggestions for buying specific pieces of art, I could figure out there was no wrong or right way of collecting art works. A careful assessment of what to buy, the exact reason behind the decision to buy, and the money that's available for the same, are some of the important criteria for consideration. Also, it's essential to pay fair prices for high quality art forms only. For instance, if you desire to buy affordable art online, be it a sculpture, a painting, or a print, start with the following questions:

  • What is the significance of the art work that you wish to purchase?
  • Do you know anything about the artist?
  • Is the price tag on offer fair enough to be considered?
  • Are the art's history, provenance and documentation reliable enough?

The online art shop should be able to help you out with your queries with trusted sources of information – both written and spoken. It is a good idea to speak directly to the artist, seller, or the representatives of both, before taking the final decision. Getting recommendations from friends, collectors and other art lovers about the artist or art is also recommended.