Fashion is the most unfaithful of women. It constantly changes preferences, and at such a speed that humanity cannot keep up with it. Even some unfortunate thousand years ago, people rushed to the opera, and the most important of the entertainments was not cinema at all. But a stage appeared with generally understandable predictable sound passages, and classical music had to go into the shadows. There is almost no music left in rap at all - in this way he took revenge on pop music for the destruction of the opera and now reigns on the stage. Let him have fun while he can. In a couple of years, fashion will not spare him either: the graveyard of fashion is much larger than that of the most inept surgeon. However, neither the opera nor the stage disappeared completely, they just left the halls with columns in more modest rooms for nostalgic and specialists.
A similar story happened with the theater. Television made it possible to view the far side of the moon, the life of insects and the most sensational performances. Now you can absorb the beautiful, seizing it with popcorn with beer, without even separating the soft. That is, without lifting a soft ass from a soft sofa.
Harmful fashion makes fun of everything that humanity is proud of. Here is an example of painting. It began its existence almost simultaneously with the first conscious sounds uttered by our great-great-grandfathers' great-great-grandfathers, later it helped develop religion, replaced photography, and finally became an element of decoration and investment. However, with the advent of computer technology, the role of original painting as an interior element began to decline, and it seems that it will soon break on the stone floor of history: Why pay thousands of hard-earned money for eternal, if you can buy something in a beautiful frame under glass for a couple of hundred and change it when you get bored. Posters are something that is available to the general population who want some comfort in their home.
The story with medieval hairstyles was repeated, just the other way around. In the days of castles and mythical dragons, aristocratic women lived in cold, damp rooms. Their hairstyles could not withstand such mockery, and as a result, in the portraits of that time, all the girls were high-browed - this is so as not to offend them with the word bald. Fashionable peasant women wanted to be at least somewhat like the mistress, and they shaved their foreheads. In the modern view, the planet of bald aunts is a horror, but who is to blame for this?
The mass fashion for posters has led to the fact that even people who have considerable accounts in banks began to decorate their homes with a mass product of printing houses. As a result, posters not only pushed back painting, but caught up with it even in terms of price. The only territory not reclaimed from painting is business. Still, Photoshop products are not yet an object of investment, they do not guarantee the growth of money invested in it.
As an investment, painting is more profitable than cryptocurrencies, bitcoins and other virtual gold and emeralds, which, no matter what they say, depend on inflation.
It would be nice to put an end to it and start waving the flag: "everyone to buy paintings", but not everything is so simple. There is a problem. First, you can be robbed corny. Of course, you can keep the picture in the bank. Many do just that. But at the same time, an important part of the picture is lost as decoration, as a sign of the well-being of the owners.
Secondly, you spent half of your fortune on the acquisition of a painting by Picasso himself, and squandered the other half on cards and girls with fashion morals. You no longer need Picasso, but you still need girls. And now the problem arises: how to turn the picture back into money. Forget girls. In twenty years you will be able to get rid of Picasso, but the girls will no longer be interested. Not every person will have millions and a desire to acquire your treasure. Auctions? Are you joking? An auction is a business in which the auction itself earns, all the rest mostly spend.
Thirdly, covering the walls with Chinese copies is also not an option. Personally, it jars me when I see a rich house in the film, in which a famous painting from the Prado or the Louvre is on the wall.
What do I advise? But nothing. It is up to you to decide, but remember that not a single adviser has yet been punished for his advice.
I can only advise myself, based on the "nothing too much" rule: it is better to make a hundred dollars and stay healthy than two hundred with hemorrhoids. I would buy not the most expensive thing of an ALREADY proven company: medical care from an experienced doctor, a car - not Russian, not Chinese, but not Ferrari either. A reliable car will not let you down at the right time, the doctor will notice in time and prevent fatal problems. As for the paintings, I would rely only on my own taste: let the spent five thousand not turn into five million, but, say, a hundred thousand, but all this time the picture will decorate my home.
In addition, one more thing: there is such a phenomenon: a thing is desired while it is in the store. As soon as it becomes our property, interest in it fades to zero. You spent money on a big canvas. Yes - it organized the space in the room, yes - it made the bugs run away to the neighbors - now you have nowhere for poor insects to frolic. However, if you bought the painting just as a stain, soon the TV and refrigerator will be more important to you.
Better to buy for the soul. True, there are nuances here: you get a landscape that resembles pictures from childhood. After three days, you get tired of mentally entering this foggy forest in search of mushrooms. You are annoyed by the contrast between your childhood memory and what you see in the mirror. In the end, your subconscious mind ceases to freeze from the pines barely marked by the sun; the grass is wet from the morning rain. This does not mean that your choice is bad. After you take a break from everyday worries, after a cup of coffee, the forest will reveal its secrets to you again. The financial value of landscapes is often based on the artist's name, but for decoration they are the most versatile.
Graduates of Soviet universities are closer to pictures-interlocutors. This type of painting is less subject to our mood, state of health, age, time of day. You speak with the picture, each time you notice new details in it, solve riddles. As a rule, these paintings are unique and can grow in price along with the name of the author.
Why did I mention university graduates? You may not believe me, but yes, education. For comparison, mass American education is aimed at the profession. If this is not required for further work, the American will not waste time studying literature, art. He would rather buy another car, a painting from a Chinese assembly line, an abstract poster, than something unique. Well, this is also a way to solve the problem.
How right? I already said: "I don't know. Ask the fashion."