Art As A Common Subject Of Visual Art

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Human form for many years has been discussed and always been a common subject of visual art. The earliest known representations of the human body come from Europe and date to between 25,000 and 12,000 years ago.

Current attitudes recognize the beauty and artistry in these objects and make the initial categories of classification obsolete. The objects are now all grouped together as ‘Human Form in Art’. They display enormous diversity in materials, techniques, function, beliefs, and notions of beauty. While people of a century or more ago would have viewed such figures and forms in a divisive way, they may now be seen to highlight the shared humanity of the cultures represented. Because art is a means of communicating human experiences, human bodies are naturally depicted. In numerous cultures, human forms are found on functional everyday objects, illustrated in decorative ways, used for religious and ritual purposes, or produced to reinforce notions of the ideal form, but is it the same for a photography?

According to Elizabeth Opalenik, a photographic artist and a Juror of an exhibition named the Human Form, explains the simplicity but at the same time complicity of the body in art. Viewing the human body photographed in abstraction is an innately challenging experience. It is sensual and familiar, yet disconcerting and foreign. Also, she explains that the human form is beautiful, complex, and remarkable. Though the only media that can capture that texture and the sense…

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