The Power and Influence of Art: Spanish Artist Salvador Dali and American Artist Georgia O'Keeffe's Artworks
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Art represents one of the most important means of expression and perhaps one of the most powerful tools to address different subjects and bring them to the attention of the public. Through the powerful nature of the phenomenon, art is a process of consciousness raising, of self-expression, of liberation, exploration of the medium.
The power of art and of the message it conveys to the public has often been considered as a threat by oppressive regimes, by the dictatorial or the centralized political systems. This is one of the important reasons for which during the communist period or the Nazi rule, artists were often viewed as enemies of the state. This is largely due to the fact that artists tend to view reality from perspectives other than the ones directly controlled by reality and the social limits usually imposed by the masses. Artists in this way provide a different perspective on reality by filtering reality through personal means of expression and creating artistic trends and proposing new lens through which reality can be viewed (Feldman, n.d.).
One such example is the work of the Spanish artist, Salvador Dali. He is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century and among the most controversial (Famous Painters.com, 2012). His artistic manifestos included different areas of interest, from paining to sculpture, to even film. This very rich repertoire is very much related to the different messages he tried to send across to his audience. In this sense,