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How to buy art?
Do you like painting or sculpture, but don't know how to go about buying art? Don't you feel ready to push the door of an art gallery or an auction? Buying art is thinking in terms of duration and the future. Sculpture, drawing, painting, lithography or photo, buying art must above all be a pleasure. Whether you want to start a collection or make an occasional purchase, here are our tips to help you shop for art easily and without fuss.



  1. How to learn about the art market?t
  2. What are the usual places to buy art?
  3. The art market in France
  4. The art market in the world
  5. How to choose an artwork?
  6. What is an artwork
  7. How to preserve your artworks?
  8. How to ensure artwork??

How to learn about the art market


Buying art can seem difficult if you are not familiar with the codes of the artistic world. Maybe you hesitate to take the plunge because of your budget?
There are several reasons that can prevent you from starting to collect art.
The best way is to trust your instincts and your tastes. Let your heart speak and choose a work that thrills you, moves you and touches the depths of your being.

Visit museums, exhibitions and art galleries

To sharpen your gaze and make your choice, do not hesitate to visit art places such as museums, exhibitions, galleries or contemporary art fairs. You will discover a selection of artists, styles, objects, materials and colors.

Trust your instincts

Art is above all a matter of taste and passion. The choice of the work must reflect your personality . A work of art should please your eye and speak to your heart and for a long time.

What are the usual places to buy art?

The usual places of sale where it is possible to acquire artwork are:

  • the galleries;
  • auction sales;
  • online art sales;
  • art fairs;
  • directly from the artist.


acheter de l'art dans la galerie d'art de carré d'artistes de hong kong
 buy interior art in an artist's square art gallery

The art market in France

The art market is the place where works of art are exchanged. In France, this brings together all types of transactions between the various players: artists, gallery owners, art brokers, wealth management advisers and buyers (art lovers or collectors). The art market is segmented: ancient art, primitive art, classical art, modern art, contemporary art, etc.

 The works of art circulate there in a closed circuit: from the artist's studio to the first buyer, from the gallery to the collector, from one auction to another, etc. Tax laws and regulations and the definition of a work of art vary from country to country, but also in France which hosts regional markets in Lyon and Toulouse. The general trend is the increase in fairs, art fairs and online art sales platforms.

The art market is divided into two sub-markets:


The first market

This market brings together all the works of art presented in a gallery or at a fair for the first time. The price of the work is fixed for the first time with the gallery owner or the dealer according to the cost of the products necessary for the creation of the object. The price of the artwork will then fluctuate depending on supply and demand.

The second market

If the dealer, collector or gallery resells a work of art, then it goes into the secondary market.
Most of the works sold at auction belong to the secondary market.

The art market in the world

The international art market is concentrated in a few countries: United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and China. In 2018, the United States held 35% of the market and China 31%.

There is also a decline in the French position on the international market to the benefit of Anglo-Saxon countries. Internationally, the art market brings together different players: artists, collectors, curators, auctioneers, auction houses, art galleries, antique dealers, art dealers and brokers, art critics, museums and trustees , patrons, art foundations and other actors such as investment funds or private banks.

How to choose an artwork?

Consumer society today tends to view a work of art as a mere object of consumption. This assumes that you tire of it over time. In reality, this is rarely the case. Indeed, the artist wanted to express something by creating a work. His personal and authentic approach will meet your eyes and touch your heart. It would be a shame to choose a work of art just because it goes well with the decor of your living room. A work that you like must be able to follow you for many years to come.
She will guide you, make you travel and brighten up your daily life. It is best to choose a work for the emotion it brings to you and not for its brilliance or what others think about it. Do not hesitate to visit art places (museums, galleries, art auctions, etc.) to discover different artists and refine your tastes in art. There's nothing stopping you from splurging every now and then, but if it's a first-time purchase, we recommend that you set a maximum budget for a work of art.
 purchase of art in the artist square gallery
buy art at carré d'artistes, photo by gaia roma artist painter

 buy art in the square gallery of artists of aix en provence

What is an artwork?

What is an artwork? A work of art is a physical object that can have aesthetic or conceptual value.
It uses specific creative techniques (photography, sculpture, painting, etc.). The works of art belong to artistic movements from different eras. A work of art has long been defined as a unique piece created by an artist testifying to his or her abilities. However, contemporary art and in particular conceptual art came to oppose this conception of the work of art.
The most emblematic example is that of the bidet industrially manufactured by the artist Marcel Duchamp. He was the first artist to criticize the idea that a work of art should be the sole product of the work of an artist representative of his artistic abilities. Indeed, objects do not have a constant meaning. Their meaning is shaped by man according to his culture, because he likes to make sense of things. Today stage performance and ephemeral works are also works of art.

How to preserve your artworks?

To properly store your artworks home, we recommend that you measure the temperature and humidity of the room.
All works of art are sensitive to variations in temperature and humidity. Paint canvases are also sensitive to direct sunlight.

Protect works from light

Works on paper and textiles are sensitive to natural and artificial light. For good conservation, it is necessary to reduce the lighting and move works away from direct light sources. Prefer LED lighting and provide curtains or blinds to create semi-darkness on your paintings. Ultraviolet rays discolor pigments, turn the oil yellow and whiten some varnishes.

The temperature and humidity of the room

The ideal temperature for storing most works of art is between 18 ° and 20 ° C (+/— 5%). Temperature stability is also important, as variations can cause degradation. The ideal humidity level is between 50% and 60%. A higher humidity level may cause the wood to swell. A humidity level of less than 40% causes desiccation of the works and in particular of the paint.

Dust due to heating

Dust and soot from heating as well as industrial pollution attack all panel components. The sand eats away at the paintings, causing the works to prick. The effect is similar to that of corrosion caused by sea salt.

How to insure a work of art?


Insuring a work of art protects you from theft and damage. In addition to damage to the work of art, damage caused by handling during the installation of the work, a change of decoration or a move is often overlooked.
Before insuring an artwork, it is important to estimate its value: sculpture, antique furniture, masterpiece, jewel, contemporary painting, etc.
The declared value of the work of art is the one given by the collector to his insurer, without any necessary proof. It is therefore advisable to estimate a work of art at the agreed value. An expert or an auctioneer will draw up a valuation document to guarantee the authenticity of the work.
This document will be useful for compensation in the event of a claim and also as proof of the approximate value of your work.
A work of art is part of your heritage. The insurance of works of art is included in the home insurance. However, you can take out an additional insurance policy specifically for valuable objects. It is generally advisable to take out a specific insurance policy for your works of art from a value of €3,000 to €4,000.
This type of policy is not very expensive and corresponds to about 5% of the value of the assets to be insured. In addition, you may have to pay for the installation of a suitable security system to protect your works of art. 

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