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The Benefits and Perils of Buying and Selling Art Online

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You don’t need to be a docent to score a great work of art. One can uncover a treasure trove of online options to fill your empty walls. Whether you’re on the hunt for a statement piece, quirky photography, colorful prints or even a one-of-a-kind sculpture, your masterpiece is just a click away .

That said,taste in art is very personal, and I wouldn’t buy without knowing precisely what I’m getting. The web can allow you to see hundreds of prints and paintings without leaving your home in a relatively short period of time.

You can certainly eliminate pieces of art this way. and maybe find that masterpiece that strikes your fancy online.

I have a rough analogy on this. The way that the internet makes looking at a lot of houses -both its interior and exterior easier-to me it is more a process of elimination tool, than actually finding the one. For that, I think you have to view it in person.

But I know many sophisticated people who disagree, that feel that buying and selling art online does lend itself to acquiring works of art that they otherwise would never have seen.

So perhaps owning art is quite different from owning your living space. Yet,others, will always want to see a potential masterpiece in person.

Look for an independent artist. Commercial galleries have their place, but you get far better value when you purchase directly from an artist, particularly one who is "emerging" or "not-yet-established".

Find a unique, consistent style. A contemporary work of art that looks "just like" a Monet or Van Gogh, for example, might have aesthetic appeal, but will not prove to be "valuable" over time. Ultimately, you want to find an artist who can eventually be identified by his or her style (without looking at the signature).

Study the artist's biography. Knowing some fundamental information about an artist can help you gauge their potential for growth and will often provide a deeper understanding of their work.

In conclusion,the Internet is the most efficient way to take advantage of the vast array different styles, prices, mediums and sizes of art available to collectors.

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