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Is quality in art subjective?

64,720 deviants said Yes
21,144 deviants said No
5,293 deviants said Other (please comment)

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coolk77 Featured By Owner 23 hours ago
As long as the final piece is recognizable and people like it then quality does not count
Buff55 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I personaly feel that art should show what's inside of your soul. Have events from your life reflect through it. As long as you work hard on it... *Lost thought*
Pitufox27 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I voted for the option "Other" because I think there is a minimum quality threshold that is more or less objective. We could all agree on that, below a certain level, this is not a work of art, while above that level, yes it is. So when we try to differentiate between works of art themselves that exceed this minimum level of quality is when our personal preferences come into play and enter into the subjective world.
Here's an example:
My little girl draws a house with some trees ... As much as I'm his father and that, to me, that picture has great sentimental value, objectively speaking it is not a work of art quality. Everyone would agree.
However, if we look at a Picasso or Rembrandt, all will agree that it is high art, but some of us do not like anything Picasso and others we do not like Rembrandt.
In short, my opinion is that:
There is a minimum level of quality that would be more or less objective. Everything that rises above this level falls within the review of each, ie becomes subjetive.
TimidNo3 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
I think style is but not quality
WildArcher Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
 You could be an extremely talented artist that has practiced constantly or simply born with a tremendous gift that creates with interesting and beautiful styles bursting with colour and unique techniques, but with less intricate, emotional concepts.

Likewise you could have an extremely simple or unusual art style, that on its own, my come across as uninteresting, weird or even dull. But it could stick out in the art community because of the Creativity behind it, whether it may be centered around playing with the heart and soul, or a simple design redone and revised over and over again to the point it becomes a maze of complexity.

You could be a beautiful combination of both, an artist that mastered Quality, Content, and Creativity.

You could be an artist that has none of these qualities but simply the will to keep trying and working hard to achieve the goals you wish to acquire. A lack of qualities another has should never downgrade yourself.

You could be not the artist themself, but a viewer, a bystander. you may never have picked up a paint brush yourself, never touched real paint before, but if you love to look at someone elses art then you are nothing less then the artist themself because YOU are the reason they are where they are today. YOU encouraged them to keep doing what they love, strive to the top, and/or sharpen their skills.

YOU should be proud :)
Black-Sun-Frau Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes and no. It depends what you're going for, for one. Realism requires a degree of perfection and accuracy. Abstract art doesn't have to look like anything in particular. Even if someone still has much improvement to be made, you can tell if they've worked hard on their art or not. I think the more an artist cares the better things they will create.
LunaofSkyfold Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Largely i think it is subjective, but when someone is not practiced (like me) it shows even in there (my) better works.  You (and by you i mean me) have to know the basics before you can start producing "quality" works.  That being said, some people will still see certain art styles as junky or not very high quality.  I know ppl who think the anime soul eater is very poorly drawn because of the odd art style, for instance.
mistnoire Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know what subjective means
Cynadyde Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was about to select "yes, quality in art is subjective". But then I thought... why can't "quality in art" mean something most of us agree on instead of having a completely dynamic definition? And now I'm thinking I should have put "yes" because I don't think it really matters that it's definition is based on subjective ideas, after all, lol. Plenty of words are like that and language isn't breaking down and causing mass catastrophe just yet, not that I foresee xD
michelle123454 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i think it depends on the overall theme and purpose of the piece, how the artist wants the piece to express how he/she might feel, or just generally the amount of effort the piece needs to show whatever they want to say.
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