What is art?

The Silent Scream

The Silent Scream

What is art? I have learned that art is suppose to resemble life. Art is an expression of who we are and how we feel. I am a christian illustrator. I tell you this so that you can see that my art work, (unless I am telling you a story,) is uplifting and positive. You can tell alot about a piece of art work. For example, The painting, “The Silent Scream,” by Expressionist artist Edvard Munch (1893 and 1910) depicts a person walking on a road or bridige with their hands covering their ears. It is said the Mr. Munch painted this picture while suffering from nervous breakdowns.

Edvard Munch was an artists who suffered from anxiety and had many nervous breakdowns. He suffered from hallucinations and feelings of persecution. All of this for the most part are depicted in his paintings. Much of the work which Edvard Munch created, was referred to as the style known as symbolism. He would design many of his pieces around the way he felt, or the emotions he was repressing, which caused his work to showcase inward feeling, and more of a personal sense of art, as opposed to the external view, and the way everyone else would see the piece which he was portraying in any piece that he was designing. Much of his work depicts life and death scenes, love and terror, and the feeling of loneliness was often a feeling which viewers would note that his work patterns focused on. This was what Edvard Munch was going through at the time.

Next we see Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits. Her painting career began shortly after a bus and trolly accident which left her temporarily immobile. So to pass the time she began painting. Many of her self portraits depict her with a monkey on her back. What this tells us is that Frida, for the most part of her life, was an unhappy person who was tormented.

Vincent Van Gogh Was another painter who was tormented.

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh’s death in 1890 is generally accepted to have been a suicide. Many competing hypotheses have been put forward about possible medical conditions he had. These include epilepsy, bipolar disorder, sunstroke, acute intermittent porphyria, lead poisoning and Ménière’s disease. All of his ailments can also be seen symbolically in his paintings. Van Gogh’s painting are predominantly what is called Postimpressionism, which is a predominantly French art movement that developed roughly between 1886 and 1905; from the last Impressionist exhibition to the birth of Fauvism.

(Note: Fauvism is a style of painting with vivid expressionistic and non-naturalistic use of color that flourished in Paris from 1905 and, although short-lived, had an important influence on subsequent artists, especially the German expressionists. Matisse was regarded as the movement’s leading figure.) 

These artists are but a few who have suffered many ailments and it has shown in their art paintings. There are many writers and muscicians who produce some really interesting things who also suffer from similar ailments.

My goal as an illustrator and artist is to depict a happy and healthy mental state through my creations. You see, as a man; real men are happiest when building and creating. Whether your are building your body, building a business or creating the next wonderful painting or illustration, a positive mental outlook will help heal and motivate many people. That is my goal.

Again, as stated many times, the way to begin being an ass kicker and accomplishing goals and being happy is to begin following the 30 Days of Discipline course.

I will be back soon with another blog on working your art work.

See you soon.

 

LD – Illustrator

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  1. Nice article Lewis. One of the things I took away from this article is that most of these secular artists are total wack jobs. LOL.

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