How to Appreciate Paintings #30: The more you know, the more you appreciate

We may not need a formal education to appreciate art, but the more we learn about art, the more we can appreciate.  
 
Art history, art techniques, art styles, art movements, art genres – there is much to learn about art.  
 
If we know a little more about art history, we can better appreciate the breakthrough brought about by the Impressionists who created paintings of day to day living. 
 
If we know a little more about art techniques, we can observe in greater detail how perspective was developed in the painting. 
 
The more we know about art, the more we can appreciate art. 

How to appreciate paintings?  The more you know about paintings, the more you appreciate paintings.

#20: Understanding genres of western art: abstract art

Understanding western art abstract art - Abstract V is an oil painting by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong

Understanding the genres of western art, such as abstract art, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Abstract art is art that depicts subjects that are not recognizable by most people. It is also known as non representational art. 
 
Abstract art uses colours, shapes, lines and marks to convey its intentions.  Abstract art can be a slight, partial or complete departure from reality.

Read: #13: Understanding the genres of western art

How to appreciate paintings? Understanding the genres of western art, such as abstract art, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Painting Image: Abstract V by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong / ARTualize.com.sg

#18: Understanding genres of western art: still life

Understanding western art still life - The Fullerton Hotel is an oil painting by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong

Understanding the genres of western art, such as still life, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Still life is one of the principal genres, or subject types, of western art.
 
Still life refers to paintings which depict an arrangement of inanimate subjects, such as food, flowers, fruits, vases, books and instruments.
 
Still life paintings are used by artists to convey their technical drawing skills, their view of art, their artistic emotion or a hidden message. 

Read: #13: Understanding the genres of western art

How to appreciate paintings? Understanding the genres of western art, such as still life, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Painting Image: The Fullerton Hotel by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong / ARTualize.com.sg