There are a lot of questions to ask yourself before you purchase a piece of fine art — whether it is an original or a limited edition print, but the most important one is one that people frequently overlook:
“Do I like it?”
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by questions that do or do not matter, such as,
“What would an art critic say?”
“Is it considered good?”
“Will it rise in value?”
While these questions may matter if you are a “collector” and wish to purchase the piece to put away in the vaults for a future day when you speculate that it will be worth 100 times what you paid for it; or if you are concerned with what other people will say when they walk in your house and see it, they really get in the way when you’re out to put something on your wall that you like, that makes you smile every time you walk in the room, that gives you pleasure because it touches some part of your inner being that only you know about.
If you’re worried about the price and aren’t sure whether it’s “worth” it, then talk to the gallery owner or, if you can, the artist himself, and ask about the piece. Recognize that a fine artist is as skilled in his profession as a neurologist is in hers, and one of the reason the piece you’re looking at strikes so deep within in you is because the artist made it so.
Then, after you have purchased the piece, put it in a place of honor and joy in your house where you can encounter it again and again, discovering something new every time you meet.