Art Is a Lie That Brings Us Closer to the Truth

1227 WordsNov 4, 20115 Pages
“Art is a lie that brings us closer to the truth”- Pablo Picasso "Yes, I have tricks in my pocket; I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion." Art is exactly the same: it portrays the truth in the form of a camouflage of words, colour, and speech. People say that art is an imitation of reality; however, it is in fact the total opposite. Reality is restricted by the laws of nature, but art isn’t. It is boundary-less; it can be an exaggeration of reality, it can be the total opposite of reality, it can even be something that is incomprehensible to everybody but the artist. Art is a manifestation of our…show more content…
A famous example in literature is the play Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. A Doll’s House was one of the first in the feminist movement. It was set in a time when women were oppressed into little holes- they had no role in the Norwegian male dominant society. By the end of the play, Nora, the protagonist, leaves her husband to become independent. This is symbolical for the necessary change in the women’s role in society, at the time. Through this, Ibsen was able to use art to portray a message to society, so, can art also be considered as a language? It is in fact a language. It is the language of emotion, and at times, it can “speak louder than words” to bring about a greater sense of moral awareness. At times people may say that art helps us understand the experiences of others, it helps us understand the suffering other people may have gone through. This, however, isn’t true. The only way for someone to experience something is to be right there, in the moment. It cannot be through another source. This is an area where art fails to bring us closer to the truth, because at times the emotion of a real experience is far greater than if it was portrayed through literature, paintings or drama. After the world war there were many war movies made that were intended to make society understand the pain and suffering that the soldiers went through, but as a famous critic says “the only way to recapture the experiences of the war on film is to put a machine
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