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Art and Artists' Motivation

Updated on March 3, 2019
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The topic 'the role of art in the society' has always been in discussion. No matter which part of the world you reside or what religion you belong to, this question has always been in front of you if you happen to be related to any form of art.

Before we dig deeper, let's first discuss what art is and what situations inspire an artist to create something unique and meaningful that can be the truth of many.

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What is art?

Without any doubt, this question has a plethora of definitions proposed by critics and artists themselves. And each definition has an individual touch, the touch of a person it comes from. Art is an expression of what one feels in a particular situation. It's a way of seeing thing through one's own spectacles. As it is the expression of one's individuality, any two artworks of different artists are never the same. Though any artist can repeat himself/herself, but a true and original piece of artwork will always be unique. Any similarity in two artworks is a result of mere influence of one artist over other. When one artist is influenced by other artist, his/her process of creation is also influenced by that artist. This creates some similarities in the artworks of those two artists.

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Artist's motivation

Reasons why any artist creates a piece of art cannot be generalized as the motivation factors vary artist to artist. However, one thing is certain that most of the artists indulge in creation, not only because they want to, but they cannot help it. An artist will create things, no matter what the situation is around him/her. It doesn't matter what form of art an individual is into, the art will always be with him. You must have seen individuals tapping a bench, who have interest in playing any instrument, and persons drawing lines on any surface, who are interested in painting. In interest in playing any instrument, and persons drawing lines on any surface, who are interested in painting. In nutshell, an artist is never away from his/her art.

Artistic personality

Without discussing the personality of an artist, the impact of art on the society cannot be understood. An Artist creates things the way a mother takes care of her baby. So, in a way, all artists have this very feminine trait. This is the reason why most of the artistic people have a better way into a woman's heart. Artistic people tend to have a great understanding of emotions and feelings. The more an artist understands emotions and feelings the more he/she will be able to create.

Art and society

What purpose does a piece of art serve? Does art have any social responsibility? Or it is mere a personal thing that has nothing to do with social obligation. Well, on this point, people and artists differ in a great deal. Some people consider art a personal thing and it doesn't have any social obligation. And some consider that artists have a social responsibility. In my opinion, artists have a social responsibility. And that is showing the truth. This truth can be of one person or many. But it should be in the art. This is the beauty of any artwork. Artists have an ability to feel and express. They can give voice to unsaid and unexpressed. And they should do that. After All, with the big power comes a big responsibility.

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