Art Is a Lie That Brings Us Closer to the Truth Essay

1235 Words Oct 19th, 2011 5 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
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The novel is totally fiction, in other words, lies, but has had the power to shake over a million people. How can a lie have such profound effects on mankind? The only plausible reason is that, in some way, art brings us closer to ourselves. It helps us understand ourselves, our societies and other people with a greater sense of clarity.
It was once said that “Picasso painted chickens that were more like chickens than any ‘real’ chicken”. Is this really possible- to portray something, that was taken from reality, better than it is in reality? This brings up doubts as to whether art is an imitation of reality, or whether art is a better reality than the original. We define reality as what we see in front of us, but this is restricted- we may want something completely different, than what reality gives us, such as the death of a relative- this is obviously undesirable, but it is also inevitable. Art however, lets us create our own reality- it lets us live in a completely different world, a world of our choice. This is why a reality created through art has the appearance of utopia, as compared to what we live in now. However, if art is a lie to the extent of a false reality, how does this bring us closer to the truth? Art may in fact be a lie, but through that lie it helps us understand ourselves much better- it allows us to go deeper into our souls, and in a way,

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