Six Unique Functions of Art

Examples of the functions of art.

This is a statue of Miyazaki Yuzen made in 1954 and is located in the Chion-In Art Research Center at Ritsumeikan University. This piece of work is an example of art as commemoration. The artist who created this piece wanted to recognize someone who left an impact on Japan. Yuzen was a very important painter to Japan during the 1700s. He was the first person to be able to create a dyeing process to decorate cloth. With this process of decorating cloth he helped the economy tremendously. The cloth is still popular today in Japan. By making a statue of his face and upper body and placing it on a pedestal, it shows his importance to the people of Japan and how much they respect him for his accomplishments.
This painting called Autorretrato or "Self Portrait" in English was done by Francisco de Goya in 1815 as an example of one of the six functions of art, art as self expression. Francisco de Goya uses this piece to show how he is feeling inside, possibly gloomy. I believe this piece was done after Goya became deaf after an unknown illness. During this part of his life it was said that a lot of his work became dark. This painting is done in dark colors and the lines are soft. There are not any bright colors or sharp lines which gives the painting an overall gloomy effect. I believe that Goya used this painting to express how he feels after loosing his hearing.
This piece named Waste Generation was done by Chris Doyle in 2011 and is an example of art as commentary. Chris Doyle wanted to create a piece that gave his opinion on how people are treating the environment and how this is the cause of global warming. This piece focuses on a plantation in the center with dark, heavy smoke floating above. The sun, which is very noticeable, is bright orange and sits directly behind the plantation. Surrounding this image are leaves. Most of the leaves look green, but towards the bottom of the piece it almost looks like there may be some dead leaves. The title and image of this piece is telling us how the people today are destroying the environment around us due to things such as plantations that emit smog.
This painting is called the Confessional Painting created between 1650 and 1660 by an unknown artist. It is featured in the Nuremberg Municipal Museum. This piece is an example of art as worship and ritual because it depicts people and symbols that represent Christianity. Towards the back center of the painting is Jesus hanging on the cross, which is a recognizable symbol in the church. Towards the front center of the painting on are two men on their knees in front of two priests. Through out the painting in empty spaces in black look to be maybe scripture of the bible.
This piece is called Ninfas en el Lago and was created by Antonio Alice and was created for the function of art known as art for delight because the colors and scene is vicually appealing To me this piece creates an overall relaxing aesthetic. The green foliage compliments the shades of blue used to create the water and the sky. There are no harsh lines to create the images in the painting. The painting looks like it was done using soft brushes.
This was a photograph taken of the Battle of Gettysburg by Alexander Gardner and is an example of the art as persuasion. Gardner wants to convince his viewers that was is not the answer because it ends badly. This photograph is showing that this battle was violent and gruesome. In the picture there are dead bodies laying on the ground. The bodies are just left to rot. It seems as if their men did not seem to care about them after they had been killed and possible could have been left there to die if they were alive at some point.
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