Lisa Lawrence

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Lisa Lawrence ENC 1102 09/21/01 Trying to Understand the Meaning of Art Why art affects our lives so much both young and old? History speaks of the past and present which it affects our understanding of viewing a painting or piece of art.

The meaning of art has different views through the eye of the beholder not on the artist views only. Our cultural believes and personal experiences do affect the way we approached and understand art. Guernica by Pablo Picasso is an unique painting that gives both personal and thrilling view thoughts of how life can change in meaning with different knowledge during this time.

I believed that the painting Guernica by Pablo Picasso has a realistic image that shows unique meaning of how distorted life can be during those years. " What we make of that painted moment when it is before our eyes depends upon what we expect of art, and in turn depends today upon how we have already experienced the meaning of paintings through reproductions" Berger 125.

The painting Guernica is very famous, because of uniqueness of what it relates to and how it gives a different texture of art with shapes, faces, animals and even women defined in this painting. Guernica by Pablo Picasso gives you a chance to question the way things happen and how people adapt to changes. The painting gives me a lot to think about, especially when understanding why he painted this form of art? What state of mind was he when painting the Guernica? How does it differ from other artists' work of art? First, " the meaning of an image is changed according to what one sees immediately beside it or what comes immediately after it" Berger 123. The Guernica represents the WIII events and how people reacted and what has going on during this time. The painting is difficult to understand, because behind any painting there are reasons and facts upon knowing the history too. Reproductions are an apart of learning about different images that can be captured throughout painting or any form of art. "The meaning of the original work no longer lies in what it uniquely says but in what it uniquely is" Berger 116.The understanding of what reproduction does to the original painting gives us a chance to observe the other qualities that is showed in the painting. What does this painting represents and how is it defined in our present culture? The painting represents the 20th century of Spanish Civil War and what took place during this time. " It is defined in our present culture has an object whose value depends upon its rarity" Berger 116.

What significant value does it brings to history? The significant value it brings to history is what took place in the past and understanding how to deal with it the present. Who painted this painting and what was the purpose of figures, faces, and animals depicted throughout the painting? How valuable is the painting and why it is so famous in some culture? Does it stand for specific reason to have a candle burning in the background of the painting? " Today we see the art of the [past as nobody saw it before. We actually perceive it in a different way" Berger 112. The questions I viewed when looking at this painting is in my perspective of how the appearance in the painting is different not only by style of the artist, but also by the usage of color in the background. " Perspective makes the single eye the center of the visible world throughout all round the object or person being depicted" Berger 112.



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