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Art is a lie that brings us nearer to the truth (Pablo Picasso). Evaluate this claim in relation to a specific art form.

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´╗┐International baccalaureate THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE ?Art is a lie that brings us nearer to the truth? (Pablo Picasso). Evaluate this claim in relation to a specific art form. Art is the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. Consequently, relating the truth in an artwork depends on how aesthetically an author wants to show his work. Truth is something that has conformity with fact or reality. ?An author corresponds his artwork through literary imagination, as a way of getting his message across to the audience. Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.? Samuel butler said ?Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.? A literary work has some subjectivity in it so my knowledge issues are ?Can subjective communication of thoughts hide the truth of an art? Or truth is such a thing that cannot be fully revealed through subjective medium.? Emotions, reasoning and language play a major role in spreading truth through a literary work so with regard to my knowledge issues I am taking emotion, reasoning and language as my ways of knowing and exploring the knowledge issues in the area of knowledge art. ...read more.


Emotions cannot take us close to truth, in the case of those readers who never face the same problems as the character. For them Stephenie Meyer?s quote wouldn?t be relatable to their lives. So to bring out the truth from a literature work, readers need to feel how the writer felt. Emotions can take us close to truth only if the reader can relate to the author?s claim in the sense what the author thinks or the experiences faced by a character in the novel. Sometimes the Language used in art is powerful enough to bring us closer to truth. The writer?s language does affect a reader?s mind. Rabindranath Tagore, who won the Nobel Prize for Gitanjali, is the best example of those authors whose main focus is not to make a work aesthetic but to show the reality. The power of language is used to show the reality not to make it artistic ?Leave this chanting and singing and telling of beads! Whom dost thou worship in this lonely dark corner of a temple with doors all shut? Open thine eyes and see thy God is not before thee!? In Gitanjali, Rabindranath Tagore effectively used the language to expose the harsh realities of Indian society, which was castridden, irrational and extremely religious. ...read more.


to affect him precisely as you wish.? So unless an author writes what people from all societies and different background can understand he will not be able to show his literary work?s truth to everyone. So the subjectivity of an artwork can hide the truth in it Sometimes an author uses lot of imagery in order to try and make his work more artistic and unique than most other works, however, at times he does not consider that if its not done in a very careful manner it might make his work very complex and in turn it could confuse the people reading it, or it could misinterpreted. Language should be used to show the truth not to make a literary work aesthetic. Use of different emotions should be according to readers because if they can feel the same as the character of the literary work does than they can understand it better. Some author writes in order to sell and some to expose a truth to society but a true art is a perfect combination of both. True author is an author who knows how to keep a balance of truth and beauty in a work. By beauty I mean the artistic features of a novel. So not all arts bring us nearer to the truth as sometimes language and emotion comes as an obstacle between the truth and us. ________________ [1] ...read more.

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