Some ideas for collection groupings

Displaying a collection at the Maison Particulière in Brussels, Belgium.

Displaying a collection at the Maison Particulière in Brussels, Belgium.

It is difficult to determine what your collection might become at the beginning, but the more you acquire, the more you realize what appeals to you the most -- and thus a collection evolves. Not unlike your personal fashion sense, it requires experience and time. I like to think of it on a long term scale.

A few ideas for art collections:

  1. a historical period of art: Old Masters - 19th century - Modern - Postwar - Contemporary art
  2. what the art depicts or renders eg, landscapes, portraits, still lifes, architectural drawings, maps, a particular subject such as deer etc. This gives you choice in forms, too, from oils, watercolors and works on canvas, to sculpture, ceramics, tapestries etc.
  3. a collection featuring the work of a certain artist
  4. a “school” of work such as neo-realism, post-modernism etc.
  5. type of work such as a collection of sculpture, photography, oils, decorative arts such as tapestry, design furniture and objects
  6. A mood: sombre, light-filled etc.
  7. a theme, for example political art, the art of war, satirical art, grotesquerie, society etc.