Must Read Guide To Choosing and Buying Paintings for Relatives

Are you thinking of buying a painting for a relative as gift?

People who buy paintings for relatives usually have a very specific thing in mind when they set out shopping or commissioning artworks.  

Though it is always very rewarding to find just the right painting for a space that really needs it especially if it is for a loved one, there are some things you should consider that will help to make your gift be better appreciated.

Always remember that there is more to buying a painting for someone than just the right size and color.

Below are the factors you need to consider:

  1. Content and theme of the painting – This is one of the most important considerations when buying a painting for someone else. 

Content is very appropriate to consider.  If you are buying a painting for someone that has very distinct tastes, it is important to keep that in mind.  The painting of a rooster might be great for one relative but not for another.

If the relative you are thinking of buying a painting for has a home that has modern furnishings, an artwork of the old west would probably be out of place. Another instance is, a Picasso would look dreadfully out of place in a home furnished in early American or country decor.

Religious themed paintings are difficult to buy for friends, but can easy to buy for relatives. Compared to buying for a friend when you may not know their religious background, most likely you are very familiar with the religious preference of a relative and what symbols are most relevant to it.

  1. Size of the painting – Size constraints need to be taken into account always when buying paintings for relatives. If your relative has an average size home with eight foot ceiling, a six foot tall painting will not work. Buying a painting that takes up an entire wall is not a good idea. You should know the possible space where the painting would be placed before you buy so you can choose one that will fit the wall properly.  It is a good idea to take a look at the place the painting will go before purchasing one.
  1. Color – It can be a big factor when buying art pieces.  If the color clashes with your relative’s décor, they will probably not be very excited to hang it.  If the color is just right, it will hang on their wall for a very long time.
  1. Buy art pieces from artists whose works your relative already has – This is a good method of finding great art that your relative will apprecite. If your relative already purchased art from an artist that they like and that they hang the art piece prominently in their home, then it is a safe bet to buy another piece from the same artist. It is pretty much a guarantee that they would welcome another.
  1. Point of Inspiration – If you know that your relative likes a particular area or vacation spot, that can make for good subject matter to look for in a painting. If you know the person has a penchant for the Caribbean, then he would most likely accept such a painting. Especially if it is made in good taste, you could buy a seascape of a Caribbean beach or island.

Sometimes buying a nice painting for a relative has a point of inspiration, like a vacation.  If your aunt and uncle just visited Paris, a nice painting of Paris might be a great choice.  It is good to know what landmarks they enjoyed most and find an artistic representation of it.

The best thing to do is to make sure of the style that your relative prefers and be sure that you know the size of the area where the painting can be displayed.

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