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Collect Art that Fulfills your Passion

Nothing creates an impression of luxury in a home quite like a fine art collection, but if the owners don’t feel a connection to the art it’s going to be obvious as they share it with others and live around it themselves.

The richness is there, but it’s hollow.

If you want to bring original paintings, sculptures and other valuable art objects into your residence, it’s best for everyone if they’re meaningful to you and harmonize with each other.

Know what you appreciate

Art Appreciation 101-type classes supply a good background on art history and the various movements and techniques, but you’ll need to spend more time just being around art and finding out what moves you.

At least in the beginning, this is best done in person at galleries, museums, friends’ homes, high-end shopping areas and wherever else you can find inspiration.

Hitting larger museums with extensive historical works will provide context for your art education and help you discover which mediums and genres spark your passion.

Take your time

Once you’ve gotten a clearer idea which direction your heart is taking you in your art adventure you can start considering your budget and how best to use it, but don’t feel like you have to jump in right away.

It can be a good idea to bring in an art adviser who deals with the market day to day and can keep you clued in to the up-and-comers and established artists that fall into your bailiwick.

If you can, find a statement piece to help set the tone for what you later buy that will give you a head start, but don’t feel pressured to do so.

Be picky — the thrill of the hunt is one of the best things about being a collector!

Location, location, location

As you shop, it’s crucial to keep in mind the conditions in your home where these pieces will be displayed, including light and humidity levels and the security situation. Museum-quality glass offers the best protection for pieces to be hung on sunny walls, while less expensive display glass that catches a little bit of glare can be a good choice for darker rooms.

Humidity wreaks havoc on paper and can be problematic for canvas so displaying such art in bathrooms is usually a nonstarter. One of the benefits of collecting marble sculpture and similarly durable items is they can work almost anywhere.

And the more you invest, the more you’re going to need to have a standalone art insurance policy.

Pay it forward

Once you’ve made a few purchases and gained some confidence in your taste you can start taking a more active role in the market by supporting the artists who you find exciting and have become important to your collection.

Whether they’re new talents or established but undervalued artists, you can make a difference.

And don’t be afraid to ask about commissioning original work, which often doesn’t cost nearly what you’re thinking it will.

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