Kloosterboer on Critique vs. Criticism

José Manuel Cajal — Rembrandtplein — Oil on Panel, 79 x 125 cm or 31 x 49 ¼ inches

“A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.”

Edmond de Goncourt, French writer, 1822–1896

Margaret Ingles — Red Velvet — Oil on Linen, 30 x 60 cm or 11 ¾ x 23 ½ inches
Laura Tan — Looking Back — Oil on Panel (Diptych), 30 ½ x 61 cm or 12 x 24 inches

The differences between various forms of feedback


Receiving a critique

Giving a critique

Carin Wagner — Sky VII — Oil on Linen, 61 x 61 cm or 24 x 24 inches

Dealing with criticism

“Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.”

Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, b. 1941

Joke Frima— Autumn Party — Oil on Linen, 30 x 75 cm or 11 ¾ x 29 ½ inches

Dealing with non-compliments

Lorena Kloosterboer — Étude — Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 30 cm or 11 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches


Natalie Holland — Against Straight Lines — Oil on Dibond, 50 x 40 cm or 19 ½ x 15 ¾ inches

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

Elbert Hubbard, American writer, artist, and philosopher, 1856–1915

Johan Abeling — Mist — Acrylic on Panel, 45 x 75 cm or 17 ¾ x 29 ½ inches

“Build up your self-esteem to the level that might seem unwarranted. This will help you to ignore both positive and negative responses to your paintings. Both are usually misguided, since they come from the outside. Be your most severe and devastating critic, while never doubting that you are the best thing since sliced bread.”

Alex Kanevsky, Russian artist, b. 1963



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Lorena Kloosterboer

Lorena Kloosterboer


Artist painting contemporary realist still lifes. Author of Painting in Acrylics. Loves writing about art, artists & exhibitions. Visit www.art-lorena.com.