by Robert McIntosh16 April '19
What Makes Art Beautiful?
Artistic and aesthetic
Why do people sacrifice their special time to go to art galleries? It’s not uncommon to see a person staring at a particular piece for over 30 minutes. So, what is it that makes art beautiful for someone to be willing to spend hundreds, thousands or even millions on one single piece? Pleasing to the senses, aesthetic contemplation, aesthetic experience?
An attempt to tackle the concept - why creating art by a common human?
We know some who paint because its something they always loved to do, while others create for more personal reasons (ie it relaxes them or acts as a release of emotions). Some artists also try to have a higher purpose and make artworks about certain social issues to try to incite change.
Universality in art
One way or another, art will always highlight an aspect of universal being. Whether it is abstract, figurative, design or any other form of art, social based art pieces speak to the inner person telling us that there is something behind the scenes that drives everything to perfection. A beautiful piece of art is one that conquers the theme but also pays homage to it.
Art should speak for itself and that’s why when you go to a gallery, you just stare at different pieces and let them speak to you, and that is the true beauty of art, the ability to communicate without using any words. However for less confusion and manipulation, one has to learn the basics of seeing art.
Ask yourself if the work epitomizes the artist's style. Such pieces create visual oneness for the entire art piece.
The spirit of art prevails not only in the artists' workshop, art gallery or museum, but is also to pervade every other human interest and enterprise. The message of art to society is contained in the words artistic and aesthetic.
Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and appreciation of art, beauty, and taste. Aesthetics is central to any exploration of art. The word "aesthetic" is derived from the Greek "aisthetikos," meaning "esthetic, sensitive, or sentient. " In practice, aesthetic judgment refers to the sensory contemplation or appreciation of an object (not necessarily a work of art), while artistic judgment refers to the recognition, appreciation, or criticism of a work of art.
Art and Human Emotion
Sometimes beauty is not the artist's ultimate goal. Art is often intended to appeal to, and connect with, human emotion. Artists may express something so that their audience is stimulated in some way—creating feelings, religious faith, curiosity, interest, identification with a group, memories, thoughts, or creativity.