The concept of art is hard to define; not because it is vague or abstract, but because it has had many different reasons for being created. It takes us to a journey to the past, the present and the future. It may reveal a community’s way of life, a person’s imagination, or merely a form of entertainment. It must be taken into consideration that art is culture-bound, something that is in a person’s field of experience. This paper aims to show that art is a shared experience by the artist, the artwork itself and the viewers of it. By looking at two different paintings, created in different times, of artists having different backgrounds, the paper intends to provide an understanding of how art threads time and links all cultures abound.
(Figure 1) – The Cutting Scene, Mandan O-kee-pa Ceremony by George Catlin
Medium: Oil paint on canvass
The Cutting Scene, Mandan O-kee-pa Ceremony, an oil canvas painting by George Cat...
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... look at it hence explaining the inter-connectedness of people regardless of race and culture. In conclusion, it is still within the viewers’ openness that they will truly appreciate the beauty and find the importance of art to mankind.
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