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In most densely populated towns you can easily locate a local art gallery. In larger cities, you will find numerous art galleries promoting numerous artists' shows and in some instances, you can catch a glimpse at the artworks of the great masters. However, do not stop there. If you truly love art, explore the various art galleries, libraries and workshops around you.
It is not unusual if your taste in art changes over time. When you study the works of famous artists, you will undoubtedly notice a change in one famous oil painting to another. When artists are young, they are more interested in capturing reality as it is displayed before them. As they get older, artists are more open to suggestion of subject matter and less concerned with minute details.
A kind of learning curve, if you will. The shape of a leaf becomes all that is needed to convey an emotion or environment in an oil painting rather than the veining details of the surface of the leaf. Each strand of hair in a portrait is not so important as how the light is reflected on the hair. This is not to say that older artists never paint with realism, only that the artist allows himself more freedom of expression within his own canvas artwork.
If you were to open your own gallery, what famous oil paintings would you want to display? Are you a contemporary fan and wish you could get your hands on a Gustave Courbet? Alternatively, do you prefer abstract art and want a Picasso? Whatever your preference, whether it is contemporary art, modern art, there are fans out there just like you who love and appreciate art in all of its forms.
If you are interested in collecting art versus displaying art, you will want to spend a good deal of time researching. There are many opportunities for fraudulent people to produce an oil painting reproduction that unless the artist handed the painting to you himself, you would be wise to have your painting inspected, appraised and insured. Start your art collection slowly and take heed of where your pieces will be displayed in your home. That framed art you bought to hang in the kitchen may need to be hung somewhere with less humidity and less bacon grease in the air.
Being able to enjoy the world on canvas through another person's eyes is a real treat. How an artist is able to tell a story in oil paintings about who we are, where we have been and the people we have met along the way is quite simply amazing. Being able to collect and preserve these stories is a thankless job and one every art lover undertakes generously.