Collecting Art Anno 2017: Eclecticism Part II

Emily Cavanagh, International Sales Gallerease
Emily Cavanagh
International Sales
17 Articles1 Curated artwork

As we established in Collecting Art Anno 2017: Eclecticism (Part I), a new trend in collecting has been slowly developing over the years. A certain ‘grouping together’ of works from various styles has taken a hold of 21st century collectors, diverging from the century-long standard of collecting, which encouraged one to focus on a specific area or discipline.

Understandably, one’s personal taste may develop from a broad range of sources, often creating an 'eclectic style.' Here we demonstrate various eclectic combinations to showcase the depth and great potential of eclecticism. 


Top: Ave Pildas, 'Converse,' courtesy of Qlick Editions

Bottom: 'A Dutch Mahogany Sofa,' courtesy of Daatselaar Fine Art & Antiques


Interior design is an effective way to visualise various combinations of fine art disciplines, for we are able to preview the cohabitation of artwork.

Take these two examples of antique furniture, one featured with contemporary photography, and the other with a modern (COBRA) painting. These works of fine art marry when the colours and tones compliment one another.

The features of 'A Louise XV Tea Table' featured below, stand out among the abstract painting by Eugene Brands. While the painting is minimalistic and colourful, the antique woodwork with its gold detailing is distinctive, allowing for the effective display of both works.

This would not be the case if an 18th century painting were featured alongside the tea table. 


Top: Eugene Brands, 'Landscape,' gouache on paper, courtesy of Mark Smit Kunsthandel

Bottom: Matthijs Horrix, 'A Louis XV Tea Table,' courtesy of Pieter Hoogendijk  

In a similar vein, traditional paintings or tapestries can be greatly complimented by contemporary work. View the 19th century work below by Joseph Ebelin, accompanied by a geometric sculpture by Venezuelan artist Vicente Antonorsi.

This smooth, minimalist, sculpture is made of wood which compliments the scene in Ebelin's crowded pawnshop scene.

You can imagine the two works forming a dialogue when displayed side-by-side, for not only the material, but also the shapes of the sculpture can be seen throughout the painting, drawing the eye deeper into the scene.


Top: Joseph Ebelin, "The Pawnshop," c.1873, courtesy of De Schildercamer.

Bottom: Vicente Antonorsi Blanco, "Totems Cone," courtesy of Gallery 9 Contemporary Art


If you're curious to explore further examples of eclecticicism in art and collecting, art fairs such as PAN Amsterdam (November 19-26) and the Brussels Art Fair (Brafa) are catered towards variety in fine art, appealing to many types of collectors.

It is due to a broad range of artworks, including modern and contemporary pieces, photography, old master paintings, antiques and design that this fine art fair is one of the best for eclectic collecting. This type of collecting is less regimented, and encourages experimentation. 

At Gallerease, we pride ourselves on the eclectic selection offered among our partners. As art experts and enthusiasts, we acknowledge that art comes in all shapes and forms. We hope you enjoy searching for artworks of all shapes and sizes, mediums and function. 

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Written by Emily Cavanagh on 11 Nov 2017, 12:30 Category EducationalTagged Collecting Art, Eclecticism