What effect does art have on the emotions?
A work of art can depict many things, document many historical events, tell many stories. In addition, It can also shed light or provide us with a fleeting glimpse into the lives and emotions of the artists themselves.
How much passion, guilt, or betrayal is there depicted throughout history in the art world. For example, many of the greats were known or believed to have used their lovers or mistresses as muses. It has often been suggested that Flora, one of Titian’s more poetic images of a young provocative woman, was, in fact, his mistress Cecilia, whom he finally married in 1525.
Pablo Picasso was also renowned for taking his muses as lovers as is evident in a lot of his work.
So when we view a work of art what is it telling us. Are we briefly being invited to form our own opinion or cast our own judgment not only on the piece but on the artist themselves?
Are artists, in fact, inviting us to view them as more than just artists? Perhaps they are desperate to be seen as human beings with emotions, desires, pent-up frustrations and hidden agendas that maybe can only be expressed and released through their work?
Art is, after all, a form of expression, a way of communicating. A way to vent our feelings, share our emotions or even confess what was not obvious at first. By presenting them on canvas for everyone to see, we have the opportunity to engage with the artist and perhaps even understand.
The message in art.
With art, there is always a thought process where an idea is conceived, then a design process where we decide how to best express our initial thoughts, feelings or emotions. It is a psychological outlet that provides both spiritual relief and satisfaction and invokes emotion in its purest form.
So when an artist creates a piece, are they really laying themselves bare to our approval, or are they just giving us a brief glimpse through a window into their soul, showing us how they feel, confessing their innermost thoughts or fears through their work, regardless of what we might think.
Some, so-called great works of art look as if a child was fed caffeine and sweets all day and then let loose with a packet of crayons or gallons of paint. It leaves you questioning the piece, wondering whatever was going on in the mind of the artists when they created it. What possible madness could have invoked such chaos and how can this possibly be taken seriously as art? Others leave you feeling mesmerized and astounded by their beauty and composition, inviting you into a world of make believe where fantasy appears to be reality and, for a fleeting moment in time you are lost in the artist’s world.
Art excites our minds and teases our emotions. Some works can leave you with a feeling of emptiness, sorrow or remorse, while others excite the senses and dare you to look deeper into the piece and imagine what madness, power, passion or desire inspired such an arousing piece of art.
What is it that a work of art has that it can lift you to a higher plain, warming the soul and fueling a passion buried deep within?