The incredible functions of art

Six incredibly unique functions of art

Art in terms of "Delight" is a relatively simple meaning. This understanding of art refers to the pure beauty that resonates from each individual artwork. Due to the fact that beauty varies from person to person, the delight in each artwork heavily depends on the viewers particular culture. However, this specific piece i found to be extremely beautiful, I thoroughly enjoyed how the artist depicted a classical era although this is a 20th century print. Secondly, the dark to light blue color hues along the surface of the water gave me a very serene feeling of relaxation and beauty. Lastly, another feature that gave me the sense of beauty was the subtle reflections in the water. As I moved my eyes along the course of the print I was pleased to see the wonderful reflections of the people as well as the trees and buildings and I must say that is what brought this artwork together for me.
This piece will represent "Art as Commentary" which is briefly described as a piece of artwork that aims to speak to the viewer. This could be done in a number of ways such as; the artists personal opinion, a conveyance of an emotion, or even a portrayal of justice (or evil). In this particular painting, it is observed that two monkeys are chained up in an open window. The artist could be trying to communicate a plethora of information through this painting. I however, viewed this piece as a portrayal of innocence among the two animals. I believe that the artist was trying to convey the message of the destruction of nature and animal life across the globe. I was lead to this belief by the sadness upon the monkey of the left eye's, and also as your eyes veer toward the background you will notice what seems to be the uprising of humans due to the fleet of ships moving in on new land.
The next segment of art is named "Art in Worship and Ritual." This function of art has been around for centuries and is one of the oldest functions of art in general. Art is said to have always been a religious guide and aid to people all round the world through the years, and even continues to preform that task today. The piece featured in this slide is a nearly perfect representation of that ideal. This painting represents religion due to the bowing and praise towards the baby in the middle of the crowd. The viewer will very easily notice the importance of the baby among the crowd in this painting and will with out a doubt pertain the baby to a religious or holy figure. However, I will say that the depiction of religion and spiritual figures in artworks varies heavily among different cultures. This is true due to the various religions among the world and the abundance of speculations and beliefs throughout different cultures.
This function of art is deemed "Art for Commemoration." As the title claims, this function of art is preformed to help aid the memory of those who have past before us, as well as to strive and keep their memories alive today. Commemoration pieces can take place in many forms, for example, an artist can paint a picture of the assassination of a great leader which helps people remember the sadness of his/her passing, or the artist can take a different route and depict a memory from a famous temple or monument. This specific artwork however, I believe was painted to commemorate the loss of nature. Whether or not the people in the painting live off of the wilderness remains a mystery, but the expression of sadness and complete misery heavily rests on that little girl's face. This specific expression directed me to believe that whatever it was that burned down, had a deep and powerful meaning towards that little girl.
This fifth function of art is called "Art for Persuasion." Art has been used to help sway the opinion of the general population for many many years. Certain types of artworks are constructed in such a way that they will aim to bend and control the viewers mind and eventually persuade the viewer into a certain way of thinking. Many pieces may not even aim to differ the viewers opinion at all, but instead strive to remind the viewer of a certain idea or ideal that they may already have. The example that I have chosen depicts to what appears to be a powerful general in a war. I understand this man to be of power and utmost importance due to the way the artist portrayed him in the painting. He is bestowed upon a shield and hoisted up by his men, giving him a powerful leadership quality. Thus, you could say that I was persuaded by this painting to view this man as a powerful general.
This next and final function of art is named "Art as Self-Expression." Unlike most of the other art functions, the form of self-expression was not as popular in the early centuries. Art in self-expression aims to express and convey the artists feelings or emotions behind the creation. Self-expression is not limited to only one emotion, an artist can self-express sadness, hate, loneliness, joy, or all of the above. Many artists create these types of artworks to construct a bond between the artist and the viewer. This particular piece featuring the old man sitting upon a hill by himself, in my eyes expresses sadness as well as loneliness. I believe the artist perhaps felt abandoned by the people around him and thus, he feels as if he is sitting alone with no one in sight as he grows older and older.
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