Buying for love is by far the best reason to buy art. Collectors who are driven to buy art out of pure appreciation, engage in the art collecting process for personal enrichment, not financial gain. Art collectors who buy for love, cover a large spectrum ranging from new and inexperienced to educated and knowledgeable. The art they choose will often connect with them on some inner emotional level. It could be the use of color, the composition of the piece, the subject matter or a connection to the artist or artist’s message.
Whatever the reason, collecting art that is rooted in a foundation of true appreciation is a highly rewarding personal experience and one which has the potential to yield financial rewards. Engaging in the process to learn about and acquire art has significant psychological and neurological rewards which have been proven to produce many powerfully positive effects on the brain. Studies documenting the connection between art and brain chemistry are compelling. Read more.....
To understand the true meaning of buying art for love, the story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel is a remarkable example. The Vogels were avid art collectors who assembled one of the most astonishing and valuable personal art collections while living in a 450 square foot apartment in New York City. Their passion was simple and private yet had a rippling and positive effect on the world around them. They not only enjoyed enrichment to their own lives, but also contributed to the careers of many artists. Today the Vogel's art collection serves as an invaluable gift to society viewed in museum exhibits in all 50 states.
Herb and Dorothy Vogel
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Not all collectors who buy for love are comparable to the Vogels. Successful art collectors have many faces and profiles. The one commonality is that most passionate collectors will often have more art than walls or spaces to show it. For others, the goal is simply to assemble a collection of work they can proudly display and view. An art collection can consist of 2 to 2000 pieces or more. Even owning just one prized work of art can bring years of emotional and visual enjoyment.