Brush Up on Art History
Collecting original artwork can be daunting, particularly if you don’t already have the art education to know your Monets from your Manets. Doing a bit of art research before you buy could spell the difference between a sound investment and a costly mistake.
Make it a point to visit museums, galleries, art fairs, and online art resources to get a sense of the various art styles and movements—and, most importantly, what types of art speak to you. “We call it ‘training your eye,’” says Elena Soboleva, special projects curator at Artsy, the world’s largest online database for contemporary art. “Even if you can’t afford the pieces or they’re in a museum context, research is very valuable. It will inform you on a scale that you can afford.”