How To Judge Art

How To Judge Art

(by Dan Duhrkoop, EmptyEasel)

This article lists 5 characteristics that you can use to determine the quality of paintings regardless of the type and quality of the art. The characteristics are:

  • Beauty
  • Skill
  • Inherent meaning
  • Uniqueness
  • Fulfilled intent.

The author is convinced that anyone can use their own fundamental knowledge to compare artwork based on these five inherent properties. Even if other people have a different opinion than you do about a particular work of art, this article should help you explain how you came to your conclusion.

The article expands on each characteristic to give you a benchmark.

For example his list for Beauty includes

  • Repeating shapes, patterns, and symmetry
  • Colors, especially colors that complement or enhance each other.
  • Textures, both visual and physical (like thick, impasto paint).
  • Crops and compositions that focus the eye and keep the viewers’ attention.
  • Movement or flow to guide viewers through the art.
  • Correct or appealing proportions of figures and objects.
  • Presentation and framing.

You can read the complete article at

  • August 21, 2017
  • Ken Morden

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