Tolerance of the Arts

Many people often view pieces of artwork and wonder what drives an artist to create such a piece. For some, the artwork may be motivated from a personal experience, a dream, a request, or even just pure imagination. No matter what the reason behind it may be, we must all be tolerant of the display. Often times people will stand in front of an artwork and state questions such as ” What is the purpose behind such creation?” or ” Who would ever think to create that?”.

It is through such creative artwork that our society is able to branch out and realize that because of everyone’s imagination and interesting mindsets, we are capable of gaining tolerance for one another.

Below are multiple pieces of artwork that to the average population, may seem rather different, but in reality, they are simply derived from the artists’ own personal beliefs and thoughts. Once understanding that artwork is just another way to express yourself, then you will realize that you are tolerant of what others may believe.

This self portrait at left is titled “Selfportrait without an Ear” by Vincent van Gogh. For years now, Van Gogh has always been known for his use of unique techniques. Obviously, this painting is inspired from a personal experience.  The aspect of this artwork that may have people questioning is the elongation of his neck. Viewers may see this and wonder what the need for such an exaggerated neck is. What matters in this selfportrait is that Van Gogh is attempting to portray his struggle that he experienced and bring the message across that he is aware of what he has done to himself.

This is an example of an artist bringing in emotions that may seem powerful or of great importance to him personally. The outside world should learn to be tolerant of such a crucial selfportrait and respect the fact that Van Gogh is so willing to present his deformity to the public eye.

This painting displayed to the right, is created by Pablo Picasso. Picasso is known for abstract paintings and constantly putting together the use of bright colors and different patterns.

To some, this may seem difficutl to understand, but it is clear that to Picasso, all of these colors and patterns made perfect sense.

Some may argue that such paintings were an expression of how his mind would function and how he would think about his own life while others may argue differntly. No matter what you may believe, we as a society must be able to understand that this is just another way for a well known artist to express what is on his mind and how he feels about his current stage in life.

Artwork alone has the ability to teach society a great amount about tolerance, accepting and respecting one another. Although the field of art is not meant for everyone, by simply just observing a piece of art are you able to learn alot about the artist and what they may have gone through throughout their life.

We All Must Be Tolerant Of The Artwork Around Us.

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  1. OK…I love this entry (and I hate Dadaism and Surrealism) You have great illustrations and you make a good argument for why each work should be respected….I don’t often think of “respect” when I look at art….and I am rather intolerant of some of the more recent pieces that are installed in museums (We practically ran through a modern art museum in Paris last December; my husband kept saying “Why is THIS art?”) But there are always pieces that are compelling in every art movement….and artists are compelled to reveal their truth. Who are we to dispute that truth?


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