The best painting is never the most interesting painting, but a good artist can paint a good painting in a way that gets people thinking and feels good, a new study suggests.
The results were presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Association of Art Teachers.
The study, by the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Art and Design, looked at a number of popular works of art from the 20th century and asked, “What’s the best painting?
How can we tell?””
I think one of the things that we’ve learned about painting over the past 150 years is that people don’t really look for the beauty of things.
They want to see what’s important and it’s not just about the color,” said Jennifer Zagorski, a faculty member in the Department of Art at UT Austin.
In the past two decades, many artists have made an effort to create paintings that reflect what people want to be, said Zagourski, who is also an associate professor in the College of Arts and Design.
They also tend to have the most diverse casts and the most vibrant colors, which is one of our biggest strengths as an art form,” she said.”
We think that a lot of people are drawn to the more dramatic elements, like the big, sweeping colors, but in our research we found that people really like the smaller details,” she added.
Art historian Richard Boudreaux said he was impressed with the results of the study, which shows that many people have a deep connection to what they’re painting.”
I don’t think anyone who’s studied the art of painting would have guessed that people would really be interested in the more subtle and personal parts of a painting.
The way the colors and shapes are placed, how the shapes are interpreted, it really matters,” Boudresaux said.
The report found that the most popular painting styles were landscapes and portraits, which have an “immense emotional resonance” and “provide a sense of place,” according to the report.
The colors are also “emotional,” and they tend to resonate with the viewer, Boudrez said.
While the results were not as varied as some might expect, the study found that some people prefer the traditional and classic styles.
Zagorskis and her team also found that a strong connection between the colors was also found, which may explain why most people feel comfortable with using those colors in their paintings.
Zigorski said that the more colorful a painting, the more people tend to connect with it.”
They can actually relate to what it is about it that they relate to,” she explained.
In a recent survey, Zaganski said the people she interviewed said that they prefer the colors of the same area, or the same painting over and over again, and that’s what makes a painting memorable.”
So, we’re really just hoping that we can get people to think of painting differently and to be more open to the different styles and to really think about how we can express different kinds of emotions and different kinds and colors in different ways,” she told ABC News.
The American Association for Art Teachers is a nonprofit organization that promotes and encourages the study and dissemination of art.