Some feel that purchasing fine art is an extravagance not a necessity, especially in difficult times. I absolutely agree that even a masterpiece does not rise to the level of food, shelter or clothing. I do feel however that some things in life, although not necessities contribute to societal or individual well being. I also feel that collecting art fulfills this purpose quite admirably.
Museums are the custodians of fine art for the past and present, but most of all for the enjoyment of future generations. Museums acquire art as opposed to collecting in the traditional sense. They exhibit works from every imaginable technique and origin. Individuals and collectors large and small purchase art from an entirely different perspective. Large collectors may purchase from, but are not limited to an investment position, or they simply want to enjoy the best of what life has to offer. Such collections are often bequeathed to museums to the obvious benefit of everyone. Important collections may also be sold at auction to the highest bidder or by other means of estate settlement. Works of art collected or purchased by most people however reflect personal taste and are generally intended to be displayed in the most important museum of all, their home. These treasures are likely to be passed on from generation to generation within the family.
Most works of art are purchased when a positive connection is established between the viewer and the artist’s interpretation of a particular subject. Individual taste in art is subjective so we are not all preprogrammed to react in the same way to a particular painting for example. One thing is certain; art never stops contributing to the quality of life, especially in difficult times.
Willoughby Fine Art Gallery