What the Subject Reveals in an Artwork

The subject in an artistic piece is any form of object, person, or event seen in the work. It is what often catches the eye of viewers as they gaze upon the piece at an art gallery in Miami. After looking upon the artwork long enough, there is a satisfying sensation to further uncovering the subject and putting together the clues to what the art is trying to reveal. Here is what the subject can reveal about an artwork and how it can influence an art collection.

Explaining the Artist’s Message and Enhancing a Collection

​Subjects are a main component to any work of art, and are normally defined as the topic of the piece. Artists select a specific topic for their art with a purpose of sending a message. For example, an artist who wants to display the beauty of falling in love.

They must think of the ways falling in love can be portrayed through their own viewpoint. Art collectors will then use an artist’s message to help build their collection around a certain theme. They believe that by understanding the artist’s message, another layer of depth is added to their collection. 

Subject Representation Matters in Art Collecting

The subject may not always clarify what the artist wants to tell the audience. In the case of abstract art, there is no direct and clear subject. Instead, the subjects in abstract art are the style, the shapes, and the colors in the works. The subject’s definition changes due to how they are represented in a piece. An artist’s style alters how an art collector interprets a subject. Some collectors may not understand it and others may connect to it right away.

For art collectors who are building a collection around a theme, they will want an addition that matches the theme but in a different style. This can be the deciding factor for whether a collector has another addition to their collection after touring an art gallery in Miami.