Individual and Social Expression in Painting

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


Vesntik TSU. Philosophy. 2013

Individual and Social Expression in Painting

About the authors:

Grigoriy S. Demin,
Julia I. Konovalova,


In the process of painting evolution a gradual shift of emphasis
from description of a piece towards its expression has appeared. But expression
is heterogeneous and depends on which kind of pictorial art we deal with. Landscape
painting expresses an individual inspiration of an artist and mentality of his nation.
Individual expression requires a thorough work on a picture to make it homogeneous,
narrow enough to percept. Social expression needs to use general cultural symbols
to make a reference towards some public values. National identity of an artist also
is reflected through the mirror of his creations. In still-life painting the social can express
world vision of a social group by means of poetizing of its routine symbols as well.
In respect to his nation the artist turns to be a mediator, expressing its values and making
them available in meaning for next generations. Society cannot create for itself, so the
mediator, acknowledged by the rest, can only accomplish public self-expression.


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