What Art Should You Buy?

By James Tarmy | April 25, 2017

Contrary to what you might think, you don't have to be rich to collect art. Important, meaningful, consequential works can be bought at any price point.

The problem is sorting the gems from the millions of pieces out there, and that’s where we’ve stepped in. The following artworks are compiled from galleries around the world—from obscure Swiss shops to multinational franchises.

In general, new collectors tend to gravitate toward paintings, for the simple reason that they’re the most obvious, accessible choice. But here, we've done our best to include excellent photographs, prints, watercolors, and etchings, too. Similarly, galleries tend to focus on 19th and 20th century artworks; the following recommendations span 7,000 years of art history.

Based on what you like, and how much you have to spend, we have more than 80 recommendations, perfect for starting a world-class collection or just finding that one piece that will capture your heart.

Design by Steph Davidson and James Singleton
Edited by Chris Rovzar