An arty question?

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Hang on Studio Wall
Back in time I dabbled briefly in antiques and art and, at that time a mandate was "never buy religious or moonlight scenes" in paint or print, but that was long a go. I think perusing the Gallery and viewing the assorted subjects and topics might have prompted this, but it made me wonder just what sort of art people actually buy to hang on their walls at home today? The question may not even be answerable without research, but I still wonder. There is obviously a positive case for old master/famous scene reproductions and prints of etc, amongst art lovers (my own is Sir William Russell Flint of which I have eight or ten framed and four on my walls) and a section of family and friend, pets and children portraits etc have a market segment for many, but in terms of what you actually are happy to see day after day in your homes, as opposed to what you admire in museums and art galleries, how much does the question affect choice amongst the buying public? I appreciate coming across something that immediately takes the fancy, sometimes for unexplainable reasons, that make one want to own it other than who painted it etc, is a factor and that few actually set out with the sole intent of buying art as the main shopping priority. I doubt any answer will be a total one as we paint our own much diverse subjects and topics, but the reasons for what motivates us must have an object other than personal likes. In fairness, few painters,artists etc copy trends in this subjects being a bit more selective than "because Mrs Jones has Van Gogh's Sunflowers or Constable's Flatford Mill or Haywain" , or what Debenhams etc, have on sale. That's for the non-painting Joe public market and if anyone has a painting of David Beckham or Madonna hung on their anaglipta, then they should be hung alongside them. 😆 I'd be happy to hear a few views on this (probably been done before of course).
Wanderer69 (5/21/2019)
I appreciate coming across something that immediately takes the fancy, sometimes for unexplainable reasons, that make one want to own it other than who painted it etc, is a factor
It is for me the ONLY factor.The inexplicable factor, the 'thing', the 'sigma' that is art. It could be moonlight, it could be religious, it could be anything, but if it always makes the hairs stand up and encourages me to go deeper into the picture, it deserves a place on the wall. I would resist immensely the urge to buy a print of an old master, especially one of those prints of posters of prints of old masters advertising galleries etc. I would never give wall space to a picture simply because it was painted by 'so and so' (perhaps I might if he / she did the same for one of mine).
My art print history, according to what has been hung on my walls over the years is Goeneutte, Morisot, Sisley and Edward Hopper. A snow scene, a harbour scene, a river bank and a seascape. Probably makes me a fickle sucker for lesser known impressionists, but no particular subject, other than some form of landscape. Generally it is primarily an artist that I like, and then focussing on a particular painting.. These have been interspersed with the odd original, mainly but not exclusively my own, which tend to be on the walls in 'other rooms' and probably on the basis that they are they only walls they will ever grace.
Tough question. I don't buy art to put on the walls here in the house, but I have a number of my own sketches on display in my guitar-teaching studio. Her Ladyship, on the other hand, bought a very nice Tuscan landscape a few years back and that's on the lounge wall, along with a strange print with daubs of real paint on it which she got from who knows where. Otherwise, it's mostly photos pf places we've been
In the past I've had quite a few prints of artists whose work has fired my interest. In our previous home (much bigger than my present one), I had prints by Renoir, Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, Tamara de Lempika, and Arthur Rackham. I admire Renior's earlier work such as his 'Dance at Bougival'...I saw the original in Boston, was stunned by it, and bought a print. I had these prints on the walls for many years, until they literally faded away. Now in a smaller place, I mostly have my pics on the walls, and rotate these images regularly. I also have several paintings by one of my sons. These days, with the internet, I've built up a library of art on my PC that I constantly look at. I love art books and have many well-thumbed, much-loved books on inspiring Rackham. I haven't bought a print for a while, but if something really caught my eye I'd find room for it.
For many years I bought Victorian or early 20th century watercolours of marine scenes by artists from the Yorkshire coast especially the Staithes Group, such as Frank Mason, the Dade brothers, Harry Wanless, H B Carter and others. These I supplemented with contemporary pictures from well known local artists such as Jack Rigg and Don Micklethwaite. But time passes and things change, I now go for contemporary loosely painted oil/acrylic paintings of landscape and marine scenes including some abstracts. Interesting how tastes change?

by Stub

Such interesting answers that I'm glad I asked. Maybe extending it a little could prove just as interesting: If you had to choose only something of your own to hang up, what would it be? Let's go grand and say in an exhibition.... I'll hold back my own answers for now, but....what would yours be? Maybe choose two..?

by Wanderer69