Regular person looking for inspiration in unlikely places. Creative Writer and Photographer.
Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.
— Pablo Picasso
Appreciating art isn't merely about pride
If Picasso felt so highly about his profession, I think it is because there is an enormous amount of struggle that one faces to produce a sterling masterpiece. Throughout history, artists have often preferred to work in a tranquil environment where they could be left to their own thoughts, recollect their emotions and pour them onto their canvases.
Their long and patient efforts often led them towards a fancy to burn the midnight oil. With their minds riveted upon the singular goal to produce a dazzling work of art, their pens, pencils, and brushes splashed their respective canvases with strokes that would be admired for centuries untold. The effort and the patience that went into the making of their magna opera is evident by the quality these artworks had, and the respect and fame they earned.
Art, in its essence, does not reach its limits at a painter’s canvas.
Its horizons extend far beyond the works of the likes of Da Vinci and Van Gogh. Its colourful flourishes are not limited to a splash of colour or the scribbles of a pencil. They also include the bold talent of a dancer’s moves, the soulful rhythm of a musician’s notes, and the stimulating engravings of a writer’s thoughts. And with so many more forms of art present all over the world, it has now become a timeless, boundless legacy created by pure talent and imagination, and left behind for the future to behold.
The importance of art is not limited to aesthetics.
The study of the artworks of civilisations can reveal secrets about their origins, beliefs, and culture. They narrate a story that is more powerful than any man’s experience throughout his life. They sing a song that cannot be heard but has more to say than so many melodies and rhymes. They all have a tale to tell and can take cultural practices from their origins and integrate them into societies all over the world. This creates an amalgam of styles and beliefs which is even more interesting to witness than what it initially was.
The study of a society’s art leads to a deeper understanding of its practices and its history, and teaches us of the limits of imagination its artists and artworks transcended over time.
Art, therefore, is more than just a way to please one’s senses. It is an entire society compressed into an aesthetically pleasing narrative, heard through the eyes, and felt by the heart.
Art tells a story.
Art was never supposed to look beautiful. It was supposed to make you feel something.
— Rainbow Rowell
There are no limits to art
Art is a product of human creativity, the single limitless, boundless, and timeless entity in the world. The realm of imagination is a world where no chains and bindings exist. And art, therefore, knows no limits in its variety and beauty. Art is supposed to make you feel the emotion that it portrays. And not all feelings arise out of visual cues.
A beautiful, soulful song with deep baritones, and ethereal sopranos can take you on a journey through time itself. Every delicate pattern laced tastefully on expensive dresses speaks of the effort, the patience, and the talent that went into its making. Every ounce of ink that falls out of a writer’s pen resolves itself into a poem, a song, a story, or a mystery.
Art is a multi-coloured and versatile product of one's imagination. Its forms are as assorted as the variety of its creators. And there are as many ways to define, comprehend, and portray art as there are people on the planet.
The comprehension of an artwork by a person is interlaced with the way his life has progressed. One's experiences often shape one's outlookand understanding of the world and hence affect the art that one produces.
Art portrays a message.
A single piece of art, from its creator to the audience elicits a message that is comprehended uniquely by everyone. It can expand people's will and push to act for a cause. It can portray the horrors of a disaster, or reflect the beauty of the world. What's left unexplained after a plethora of expository essays, can be understood by the fast and easy visual cues that artworks offer. Understanding a poem, an article, or a manuscript from a foreign land requires linguistic knowledge. Whereas art is a universal, promiscuous way to portray a message anywhere, at anytime, and about any topic one prefers.
The definition & understanding art will always remain a matter of personal choice. Regardless of any controversies that revolve around its comprehension, it is certain that art is just not limited to a painter’s canvas and is far more versatile.
Art has been around for as long as there has been history. Hieroglyphics and cave art throw a light on mankind’s earliest efforts towards an aesthetic cause.
From these crude, but effective engravings, we have reached a point in time where art has become limitless and boundless, and is present in some form in every corner of the world. Whether for entertainment, appreciation, culture, aesthetics, or social change and exchange, art lets us thrive in today's world. And knowing the time and patience that goes into its creation, artists deserve all the respect they can get and more.
© 2018 Mohammad Yasir