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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

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum

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 in general. Art in the broader sense is much more than visual art, and all art is living.
Art, in whatever form, tells a story. Art, aside from the commercial form, lets the world into the artist’s inner being, into a hidden chamber if you will. In that space there’s a mill, a grindstone of immense force and the grist for the mill is countless – places, faces, things, light, dark, emotions, sounds, tastes…. the list goes on and on.
Because my art is about who I am and how I see the world my art is different. Just as every artist’s work is different. Not always pretty, sometimes not even good, always authentic and always from the heart.

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Benjamin Casiano on art

 

 Don’t wait till I’m dead to buy my art.

It’s cheaper today.

                                                                Benjamin Casiano

 

 

 

 

See what Elizabeth Broun and Picasso had to say about art

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Imagination

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso (1891 – 1973)

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“What you say old Benjamin?”

Picasso may have been good, or weird or whatever, but he could never paint me. There’s copyright on me. I’m one of a kind”
The real Irish BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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Benjamin Franklin
The Real Irish Benjamin Franklin

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Claude Monet on painting

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

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Waterloo bridge – 1902 – Claude Monet

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Waterloo Bridge – 1902 – Claude Monet

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Victoria Falls

It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

David Livingstone (1813 – 1873), on the Mosi-Oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls) in Zimbabwe.
Photographed by many, painted by few.

Victoria Falls 2001
Victoria Falls 2001
Victoria Falls - Thomas Baines
Victoria Falls – Thomas Baines
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Victoria Falls – 2001 – Original Image by John Walker (Public Domain)
Victoria Falls – Scan of a copy of the Original by Thomas Baines – circa 1865(Public Domain)

Other quotes that may interest you – Claude Monet, Elizabeth Broun,

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