When appreciating paintings, how should we consider the price of a painting?

The price of a painting is available when the painting is for sales. It could be on the label on the wall or indicated with the painting on the website.

Listing the price of the painting facilities the sales process, but unintentionally affects our appreciation of the painting.

We rely on prices to judge the value of many things in our lives. In fact this has proven to be an efficient way to get around in our complicated and busy lives.

However, our value of a painting cannot be judged by its price.  Our response to a painting, i.e. how the painting has touched us, determines the value of a painting to us. Not its monetary price.

It is important to note that the price of a painting is determined by many factors, not just its artistic value.

Knowing the price before we have given the painting our due attention, clouds our appreciation of the painting. We may unconsciously find the painting a masterpiece, just because the high price suggests so. We may unwittingly ignore the painting that could have connected with us, because its price was unimpressive.
 
The best strategy to deal with the price of a painting is to ignore it, until we have carefully looked, feel and connected with the painting. We can consider additional external information such as price, after we have assessed the paintings ourselves.

Read: #10: How to appreciate art?  Look from the heart.

How to appreciate paintings? When appreciating paintings, do not let the price of the painting cloud your appreciation of the painting. Ignore the price; pay attention to what you feel about the painting instead.

Painting Image: Cafes on the Streets of Paris by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong / ARTualize.com.sg

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