How a Painting Gets into Your Personal Gallery Collection
Galerie Michael • Dec 05, 2017
IF EVER YOU’VE WONDERED, THIS IS HOW TO MAKE A GALLERY COLLECTION
You love art. You view it, think about it, and you’ve started collecting it. Maybe you have an understanding of where your beautiful, meaningful painting comes from, but maybe you don’t know as much as you think that you do. There is a long process that ends with a piece of history in your home, on your wall, and knowing what an image on paper has to go through will humble you, and help you to appreciate your piece even more.
FIRST, THE PIECE IS CREATED
While this is obviously the first step, it is not a simple, easy step: any artist will tell you that there is a method to creating, and that creating takes time. Paintings aren’t begun and completed overnight any more than are novels. Some drawings don’t make it to be painted, and some minimalist designs could be planned to be something else by the artist, and abandoned. An artist will sometime have to sort through the various inspirations and subjects before starting a piece of artwork, assuming that the artist will even have an idea of what to paint. This can be a painstaking process, and different artists all have or had different ways of expressing their inspiration, making the creative process vary wildly across the board. When the piece is complete, an artist may or may not even feel compelled to share their work, even well-known, historically-valued artists who made an impact during their lives.
AFTER, THE PIECE IS DISCOVERED
Assuming that the artist opted not to share, their work may be found among their possessions years after they have passed on. Without proper storage, a painting or drawing is vulnerable to the environment in which it was stored. If the image was store in a trunk, it can be affected by temperature changes. If the picture was left without protection at all, temperature changes can be an issue, but so can dust and dirt which can cause damage to the image and potentially compromise the paper. Clay sculptures, too, are susceptible to the environmental damages of temperature change, dust and dirt. Humidity is another enemy of unprotected art, but any one of these conditions can cause art to deteriorate. Once a piece of art is discovered, even when the condition of the art is not ideal, it is acquired by a museum or art dealer.
ART RESTORATION BRINGS BACK THE BEAUTY
If you can’t imagine how a painting can go from appearing to be lost to a glorious addition to a gallery, art restoration exists to make old art as beautiful as it was. While art restoration cannot guarantee perfect final results, it has two excellent purposes: not only to preserve the art that others have left for us, but also to make it presentable enough to make someone’s home more like home.
A MUSEUM OR ART DEALER INTRODUCES YOU TO HISTORY
Since art that has been discovered won’t typically be ready to go to a home, galleries and museums are incredibly useful. Between the environmental hazards that art has endured and the process necessary to bring it back to a state that can be appreciated by everyone, a piece of art takes a long journey from the hands of its creator to your wall or mantle.