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The Purpose of Art

Close up of Artisanal Bread
Art – There To Confuse You

It seems that everyone has their own thoughts on the purpose of art. Wikipedia opines that “The purpose of works of art may be to communicate ideas, such as in politically, spiritually, or philosophically motivated art. It may also be to create a sense of beauty, to explore the nature of perception, for pleasure, or to generate strong emotions. The purpose may also be seemingly nonexistent.

I suppose all of that may be true, but I would venture that art may also create confusion.
Let me tell you why.
I was in a “Checkers” store the other day and spotted a range of breads in racks, behind the normal bakery counter. Pointing to the breads on the top rack I asked the lady working in the bakery if the breads were freshly baked.
“No Sir” .
“Are they yesterday’s bread?”
“No Sir, they are art breads. “
“You mean artisanal breads?”
“No sir, they are art breads. Made of plastic. Look nice – but you can’t eat them”

Q.E.D. Art is confusing.

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Art – There To Confuse You

Checkers. Still my favourite grocer.

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Kate Douglas Wiggin on art

An extract from Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Rebecca’s idea of being a painter like her friend Miss Ross was gradually receding, owing to the apparently insuperable difficulties in securing any instruction.

Her aunt Miranda saw no wisdom in cultivating such a talent, and could not conceive that any money could ever be earned by its exercise.

“Hand painted picures” were held in little esteem in Riverboro, where the cheerful chromo or the dignified steel engraving were respected and valued.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin – Chapter 16

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Art is not pretty

Art is not always about pretty things.
It’s about who we are, what happened
to us, and how our lives are affected;

Elizabeth Broun
Retired Director of The Smithsonian American Art Museum

That may be so, and it’s good that it is so. If it wasn’t then there would be no room for the expression of emotions, both for the artist and for society.
Because my art is about who I am and how I see the world my art is different. Not always pretty, sometimes not even good, most times authentic and from the heart.

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Claude Monet on painting

Waterloo Bridge as painted by Claude Monet in 1903 – courtesy of

“Other painters paint a bridge, a house, a boat, I want to paint the air that surrounds the bridge, the house, the boat – the beauty of light in which they exist.”

Claude Monet 1840-1926

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