Artifact lovers flock to museums like unusual, yet when it comes to what art is, it’s rather a question that is strangely asked. You might know the answer already; it’s perhaps too obvious or complicated. The result is an awkward silence that brings lots of confusion, but maybe it shouldn’t be that hard to say what art is for. Maybe we would have a goal at describing clear purposes of art. It’s an obvious but striking fact that the most popular works in historical art show pretty things such as happy people, blue skies, flowers and springs.
This enthusiasm for prettiness worries serious type of individuals a lot by wondering whether there is more to what life could really be like, but that seems a misplaced worry. There’s a need for pretty things to be closer to us not that we are in danger or trying to forget the bad stuff or even because terrible problems weigh so much on us. That’s why prettiness matters, it’s like a basket of hope which is an achievement. Prettiness grows flowers or blue skies which is hope-bottled and preserved in art waiting for us when we need it.
Society often requires us to put on a cheerful smile but beneath the surface, there is sadness not regret that we can’t express from fear of seeming weird or a loser. One thing art can do is reassure us of the normality of pain.
Other great art works have been loved for their capacity to make the pain inside humans more publicly available. Works of art don’t have to depress, rather they could give out a feeling that pain is part of the human condition. It also fights the force of optimism of commercial society, it’s there to act as a remainder with dignity that every good life has extraordinary amounts of confusion, suffering, loneliness or distress within it.
Almost every human being is a little unbalanced in some way; others are too intelligent or too emotional, too masculine or too feminine. The art we love is frequently something we are drawn too because it compensates us for what we lack by counterbalancing needs.
In 2013, the government of Moscow made a move to legalize street art and graphite. Within three months during the best city of the world festival, Moscow was blossomed covered with murals by street artists. These artifacts were not deemed as vandalism rather as adding beauty to the city. Finally, the Russian capital was adopting a look that Avant-gardists dreamt 100 years ago. They realized the importance of drawings having a meaning to their country.
The new exhibition in Moscow has opened a window into the most romantic period of Russian history. Sixty paintings from the Tretyakov of Gallery and institute of Russian Realistic Art shows how life in Russia gradually changed in the 20th century during Soviet rule. Under communism, Russia was closed to the outside world, the regime rigidly regulated art and expressing the country’s progressive development became the official theme. A classic example is this late 1940s work by Alexander Danica which mirrors a factory on the canvas. 20th century Russian art wasn’t just about socialist realism, at times artists worked around censorship to show their true colors. The artist arranges all characters in the picture systematically, the main point is that it represents a trinity which has some hidden meanings.
Art is always a bit of a mind game between the spectator and the artist where contest is key. Russia shares some of the world’s largest arts having fascinating meanings behind them. Tretyakov Gallery, located in Moscow holds Russia’s typical arts that defines part of its history especially after the first world war.
The gallery has a painting called Bathing of a Red Horse done by Russian artist Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin in 1912. The artist’s original idea for a journal painting outgrew itself by having the Russian Empire enter World War two years after the paintings have finished. It was an upcoming social catastrophe where the artist was inspired by North school of painting famous for their traditional ink painting. Having tremendous success, the manuscript found itself somewhat stuck in Europe during World War. However, the Tretyakov only obtained it later in 1961 arguing that it was a more Russian heritage symbol.