|Looking at art: studying Gustave Courbet's "L'Atelier du Peintre" (1855)|
("The Studio of the Painter")
in the Musee d'Orsay
photo: Katherine Tyrrell (2009) - all rights reserved
- quick tour of the exhibition - to see what's there and what catches my eye.
- second tour - this time paying close attention to work which won prizes and work which catches my eye
- third quick tour at the end - just to make sure I didn't miss anything!
If I'm going through a very large art gallery or museum, then I slow right down and look at the art I want to see in a much more considered way, if I'm only passing by once.
How long do people spend looking at art these days? Less than five seconds according to a Daily Mail experiment (see We know what we like, and it's not modern art! How gallery visitors only viewed work by Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin for less than 5 seconds). This measured the time people looked at different paintings and concluded that contemporary art held less appeal for people visiting Tate Britain.
Damien Hirst Room: by damien hirstThere again - How long does it take to look at a painting? asks James Elkins, Art critic and historian, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
TOTAL VIEWERS: 478 AVERAGE DWELL TIME: 38 seconds LONGEST LOOK: 4 minutes
An elderly woman told she came to see one of the Art Institute's Rembrandt paintings -- a curious picture of a young woman, leaning on the bottom half of a Dutch door -- three or four times a week during her lunch hour. How long had she done that? I asked. She said, "I don't know. Decades."How about you? More particularly, if we ignore all the art that doesn't take your fancy - how long do you generally spend looking at art you like?
The options in this month's Making A Mark Opinion Poll are:
- Less than 15 seconds
- Less than a minute
- 1-2 minutes
- 2-5 minutes
- 5-10 minutes
- Periodic visits
- Frequent repeat visits
See more Making A Mark Polls summarised on The Making A Mark Poll - Resources for Artists