When you look at a painting, ask yourself questions of what you see in the painting.  
 
Who is this young lady dancing?  Why is the sky red instead of blue?  When did this take place?  What does the sunflower symbolize?  Where is this pond full of lotus flowers?  How does this relate to me? 
 
Asking yourself questions about what you see in the painting makes you think deeper about the painting.  You may start to realize new possibilities from the painting, you may start to create your own story about the painting, you may start to acquire new knowledge from the painting. 
 
The more questions you ask of the painting, the more you will think about it.  The more you think about it, the more you gain from the painting. 

How to appreciate paintings?  Ask yourself questions of what you see in the painting. 

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