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Art And Artists' Motivation

Updated on July 25, 2016
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The topic '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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    • sandeep15r profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandeep Rathore 

      3 years ago from New Delhi

      Hi Reynold,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I believe that there is no such thing as 'great artist'. Art is a religion, a way of living. Good to know about that series for children. I write short stories for children, and I really enjoy it.

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      Reynold Jay 

      3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Sandeep,

      Nice Hub and some great thoughts on art. I really don't have an answer to the HUB question you ask today. I can say I wanted to be an artist, majored in art, but really was not that great. In that I am retired now, I work with artists and did find by creative side in writing novels. I interview Duy Troung, artist in one of my HUBS and posted it a few days ago in preparation for the launching of the illustrated children's series , "The Wurtherington Diary. " Good luck with writing HUBS.

    • sandeep15r profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandeep Rathore 

      3 years ago from New Delhi

      Thanks, Akriti for nice words.

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      Akriti Mattu 

      3 years ago from Shimla, India

      It feels so good reading your hubs. Very well written.

    • sandeep15r profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandeep Rathore 

      3 years ago from New Delhi

      Thanks, Suneel! I will certainly do that next time.

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      sunil 

      3 years ago

      A true attempt to give an insightful account of art, its creation and impact on society. I think a tryst to give an account of its relation to the men in street would be a worth for readers.

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      shweta sharma 

      3 years ago

      Nice reflections..

    • sandeep15r profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandeep Rathore 

      3 years ago from New Delhi

      Thanks, Amit for expressing your view.

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      amit kumar 

      3 years ago

      It's beautiful subject to introspect. Nd in this essay, author has given his piece of mind very interestingly. A very renowned theatre artist, Nassuridin Shah, once famously said that we can not expect ny change in society from our movies. The only change which a movie can bring is in the hairstyle of the youth.

      Now that he might have some reasons to think that way but I respectfully disagree.

      Movies, a great form of art, can definitely bring some change in society. PK and OMG are fine example of that. So I completely see the point in ur saying, mr. writer, that artist do have social obligation if they work with their art with that integrity and honesty.

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      Sandeep Rathore 

      3 years ago from New Delhi

      Thanks, Kamalika De for sharing your view.

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      Kamalika De 

      3 years ago

      I think Sandeep every single person has social obligations, it's just a part of being human.

      Art is something through which an artist can connect with people, people can connect with their own emotions. Any subject that inspires an artist to create something is the one to which he should be devoted. If it's about society then it's ok. If it's about something else then also it should not be an issue. I don't think artists have any particular social obligation.

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      Farogh 

      3 years ago

      Being an artist, I totally agree with your assessment of art and artists.

    • sandeep15r profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandeep Rathore 

      3 years ago from New Delhi

      Thanks, Kamalika De for reading it. Do you think an artist has any social obligation?

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      Kamalika De 

      3 years ago

      Nicely written. Certainly it has brought out the true flavour of art as well.

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