How to Appreciate Paintings #82: The title of a painting (Part 3)

Art exhibition in Singapore. ARTualize is the only art gallery in Singapore that lets you rent paintings for your home.  A little girl is looking at the painting of Tanah Lot in Bali hanging on the wall.   Waves are splashing onto the island, trees are moving in the wind and people are walking towards the temple.


The title of a painting is usually an afterthought of the artist.

The artist’s key focus is on producing the painting, expressing himself through the painting. After creating the painting, the artist has completed conveying her thoughts and feelings. The painting captures all that the artist wants and needs to communicate to himself and the world. To the artist, everything that needs to be said is in the painting.

When the artist gives the painting a title, she is performing a review of a painting that has already been completed. The artist uses this opportunity to reinforce what he had seek to express with the painting, but this time in words.

The title of the painting does not change the painting but can significantly affect the response to the painting.

How to appreciate paintings? The title of a painting is decided after the painting is completed and it is used by the artist to provide information to the viewer.

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