There is a common misconception that the standard of beauty is not a universal concept however it’s important to point out that people who are in a similar social context will tend to agree on what constitutes beauty. This is especially true in art as both artists and art enthusiasts will tend to be attracted by various elements in art that are considered to be universal factors that make art beautiful.
We look at the 6 fundamental components of beautiful art.
1 Art needs to have symmetry
Beautiful art will always be made up of repeating shapes and patterns, but what achieves the visual appeal is the symmetry that the artist achieves through incorporating the shapes and patterns.
2 Art needs colors
The use of colors in art and most importantly colors which help to complement each other is what determines whether an artist will achieve visual appeal.
3 Art needs texture
When an artiste is able to display the use of texture in their art be it physical or visual texture then their work will be considered as achieving artistic beauty.
4 Art needs a center of attention
All beautiful art must have that one element that acts as the center of attention therefore drawing the focus of the viewer. This is mostly the first thing that attracts an audience to the art.
5 Art should be organized
An artiste should organize their art in a way that the viewer can be guided by some form of logical flow and movement that enables them systematically go through the art. This enables them have a better appreciation for the art.
6 Art should be visually appealing
An artist’s core objective should be to make their art visually appealing through the correct use of proportions in the objects and figures he/she uses in their work.
Whether you are an artist or an art enthusiast evaluating whether a piece of art has achieved the universal standard of beauty, you will need to have this checklist in place as you do your evaluation. A piece of art must meet all these criteria for it to be considered beautiful.
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