misnomer

The notion that big means good in art is but a misnomer. Even when it is more difficult to handle bigger canvases, that does not mean that size alone overwhelms every other factor from color to form to skill to texture etc crucial to what is termed as ‘good art’ worthy to collect. I would urge every artist to understand how to balance canvas size with the subject matter and subject matter relative to the empty spaces. Certain subjects looks better on smaller canvases than on larger ones and certain subjects looks better on print and paper than on canvasses. Because of this many a work became mediocre because certain subjects are either overblown or it went obscure. That is what is termed as proportion. As an extreme example, no one would be fascinated with the imperial faberge eggs if it was made bigger just like the Eiffel Tower would remain obscure if it is one size smaller.

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craftsmen for the courts

When the Italians were churning out sculptures in the hundreds often complaining about the stones brittleness, the Chinese were carving them by the tens of thousands. Many times in soft soapstone, jades, nephrites and in figurines smaller than a foot tall in the greatest of detail. They never complain, they never gain fame. They never have the privilege to inscribe their own name on the works. Often just toiling for long hours working as a craftsmen for the courts.

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ceramic market

As long as excavation never stops, one can never claim to be an accomplished expert in Chinese Ceramics. Only an authority perhaps or a well learnt. It is a vast subject and good things doesn’t come in abundance. As much as one likes to focus on a preferred period, it is already a challenge sorting out the doubtful from the authentic. Everyday in every way, there are constant debates by historians and archaeologists piecing up their findings. Many theories and attribution to kilns had been re written judging by the shards found. Dynasties had also been inserted between other dynasties. Quaintly, one would be surprised that in China auctions, good imitations of genuine copies also has a ready market. So its a whole ball game altogether in the collectors market.

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