Art for love or money?

Day 038/100

Why do we value art, is it because we just love a particular artist, art work or how valuable it may be. The question posed by Mr. Khoshdel ponders if the monetary value of art is related to how emotionally evocative the art is. An art work becomes more expensive the more an emotional connection is felt by the viewer. So is a Van Gogh valued at millions of dollars at auction because its sublime rendering initiates a strong emotional response or that someone in the world is so desperate to acquire it that its increasing cost means nothing.  Mr. Khoshdel’s research concludes that there in no correlation between how expensive a piece of art is and how much of an emotional response the viewer has to it. I find this notion of how the price of an art work could correlate to its emotional impact intriguing, for like anyone who loves art, there will always be your favorite pieces. Those few items that you will look at time and again, that elicit and maintain an emotional connection, weather a reminder of a wonderful adventure, a loved one, or your own personality. But these treasured pieces do not necessarily need to include the known masters of painting, contemporary abstract works, historical examples, more often than not these cherished art works that we revisit, are as simple as a child’s painting hanging on the family refrigerator, a handwritten declaration of love from a lover, or a gift of jewelry a reminder of a now absent parent or relative. To me all of these items are an art work in themselves, for someone had to sit down and paint the picture, write the note or craft the jewelry, and while these items to each specific owner carry no monetary value, there true value is priceless and if ever lost could never be truly be replaced.


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