|Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
Yes, I agree, its is the artist who is bought, art cannot be bought or sold, but a painting, or a song can be bought. Art is intangible.
It's the work that is purchased. The artist always retains thier self ownership.
A, until it happens enough times, then B. But always a little of both.
Sometimes I feel like a prostitute for paint, I put a bit of myself into paintings, and a bit into marketing, every artist does. Is that bad? I do not think so. How else can one make a living, to buy supplies to paint again, if the art does not sell, what is the point? To fill a closet with paintings? I would hope not.
From my point of view the client buys the work of art and the work of art should open up the world of the artist to the buyer. But no, I don't think anyone is buying me, though they are buying my personal vision.
They are probably inseparable. The work of the artist tunes the viewer into their thought processes - or it should do. So you get the artwork and the artist.
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
It's more like making a donation to an artist's ideas. The artist isn't bought, his/her ego has been nurtured.
I will not be "bought" ... though having an established name certainly helps sometimes. My art speaks for itself.
I think in the beginning it's the art that is sold; once the artist becomes popular, then it is the artist who is sold. Gee, I'd like to get into the "artist being sold" league...
It depends on how people look at their work of art. I see myself in my art, however, saying that they 'buy' who I am is kind of strange... I'd just rather say that once it is given to somebody else, it ceases to be the shadow of the 'artist'.
Ha! No-one can buy me! They can only buy what I choose to have given or expressed. They are buying an expression of me and how I see the world or how I want to see life.
My work is not bought or sold. As far as others are concerned i will leave this question for now.
I believe that each piece is a part of the artist who created it. However, one piece does not define an artist, nor does it make him/her "bought". Perhaps if an artist made only one piece of artwork that took his/her whole life, that would be considered "buying an artist".
I say the artist because you have bought a peace of the soul.
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