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Art Market Categories and Art Schools for Art Investment Indexes

All artists and their artist price indexes - currently more than 4'300 - are classified into art categories, movements, and schools. The art market price indexes in the category performance module are composed according to these art classifications.

An art market class, also called movement, is a style in art with a specific philosophy, developed and followed by a group of artists during a certain period of time. An art class can usually be attributed to a distinctive art category, like e.g. 19th Century Art. Some art movements have lasted for long time periods or came into fashion again at a later point in time; an example is romanticism and neo-romanticism.

Art market categories and classes are some of the various art price determinants in our specific hedonic regression models for art valuation and art appraisal. Many artists have found their unique personal art style only after having joined various art movements. The personal style of an artist has the strongest impact on his art painting prices; this is the variable we are looking for, to us it in our models. As a result, the classifications given in our artist database may not always be consistent with art historic criteria.

Moreover, in a similar way as the variables for fine art techniques and art mediums, artists are not necessarily grouped within art indices in terms of art historic considerations, but in terms of similar impacts on their art prices. Finally, the classification of artists and the selection of the art market indices should help our customers to decide on their art investments; i.e. artists and classes, they wish to invest in.

Members and visitors can request individual art market research reports on currently not yet available artists, art categories, or investment horizons as well. The fees for individual art market analysis reports and art appraisals are indicated in the Subscription section.

  • Old Masters
  • 19th Century Art
  • Modern Art
  • Post-war Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Distinct Cultures