Art as Propaganda Gallery

prop·a·gan·da [prop-uh-gan-duh]                noun                                                       information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group,movement, institution, nation, etc.             -                                                                      "We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand. "                             Pablo Picasso                                                      -                                                                              I believe that art is the most powerful and influential form of propaganda.

"The series was conceived as a propaganda instrument in order to disseminate the grandeur of the French monarch." The arrogance of the oppressor is clearly depicted in the painting, therefore serving as propaganda for the oppressed in general. This proved to be very effective since the image was able to present it's message to a wider and more varied audience. The illiterate and foreign populations specifically. People who were not able to read about the atrocities of the monarch were able to understand and (I assume) sympathize with the details of the art piece
This one of the most, if not the most famous painting of Napoleon. This is believed to be a propaganda masterpiece. 
"If all the kings of the earth could view such a spectacle, they would be less keen on wars and conquest", the emperor is said to have declared.The painting portrays the terrible battle which resulted in more than 50,000 French and Russian victims. It is aimed to depict the cruelty of reality.
Here we see a new approach in terms of art tackling propaganda. The then avant garde collage. This is the cover of a magazine. "Munka" meaning "Work."  "The demands of intelligibility and visibility and the adaptation of new communication media were basic criteria in Kassák’s program of building workers’ culture. As an articulation of this approach the convincing and easily understandable collage played a significant role."
Art constantly proved that it was the best way to effectively promote propaganda. Images present a clearer message rather than words. Words are capable of explaining situations, ideas and opinions yet fail to iadd detail and references to the message. Different cultures give varying        meanings to certain words and phrases; an image or artwork is able to clarify the message conveyed by the words.
Art is used for good propaganda as well. This painting promotes Olympism in it's entirety. 
Art is still abundantly used as propaganda up to this day even the illiteracy rate has gone down significantly. That is because when people see an artwork or a photograph or an image, they allow themselves to attach a story line to the visual representation bringing personal feelings and contemporary influences to the image. By associating the picture with a part of their life, the viewer more readily accepts the propagandist's message.
In a world where the media so often tries to dictate it's societies thinking, it is always refreshing for people to find their own beliefs and ideas. What better way to find this than through art. 
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