While any form of artwork can be deemed “great art” by someone, there are a series of basic qualities that have long been accepted as hallmarks of the best of the best. Understanding these qualities and being able to identify them in various pieces of art is demonstrative of the talent of art appreciation. Having the ability to appreciate various forms of art can enable one to produce a higher quality art or simply enjoy viewing these examples of fine art to a greater degree.
Art appreciation often focuses on the ability to identify the various artistic movements, including the Renaissance, Romanticism, Neo-Classicism, Realism, Expressionism, Cubism, Abstract Art, Surrealism, and many others. Understanding these various movements and the time periods in which they existed can enable a person to more readily identify the more subtle details of the art and the meaning behind them. Art appreciation should be original and unique; one should not rely on the analysis or opinion of others when forming their own perspective on a given piece. Similarly, one should not feel as though one needs to have an opinion on every piece of art one sees. A genuine opinion, even if that opinion is not having one, is a more accurate demonstration of art appreciation than forcing an opinion where one does not exist. Art appreciation takes time and practice to develop; there are many different elements of a piece of art to take into consideration, ranging from form and material to historical context to the technique used by the artist. As one gradually learns more about these various concepts, one is able to demonstrate a greater appreciation for any given piece of art.