You see the headline “Record Amount Paid at Auction for Painting” and can’t believe that someone actually paid $25,000,000.00 for a painting that looks like a two year old drew it.
Most intellectuals consider art to be man’s highest achievements. They comment on the artist’s attempt to create something from nothing and how the painting touches the viewer’s soul. The average person, on the other hand, can find art to be unappealing or even, intimidating, especially modern art. Admittedly most of us fall in the somewhere in between. We know what pictures we like, but cannot understand how someone would pay so much for something we don’t find remotely beautiful.
So what is art appreciation? Its simplest definition is being able to look at a work of art and then being able to form an opinion of the work. Another definition of art appreciation is the having the knowledge, background, and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that comprise all works of art.