Indian Landscape Art Painting : Oil Painting the Exotic way of the Artists

Published: 31st January 2012
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It is because people around the world do not have any clear conception of the meaning of the word ‘morality’ that they hesitate sometimes to find any
moral aspect in some samples of great art. Morality does not simply mean the sense of right and wrong as people understand it today. It means a system
of standard of conduct approved by any particular society in a particular age. The moral views of the Spartans will not tally with the moral views of
the Victorian Englishmen. People in the 20th century can hardly be expected to appreciate any moral sense in the nude statues of Greece or the murder
of weak children in ancient Sparta.

People sometimes feel that there surely exist some types of art which only please for its own sake and not because they are intended to influence
peoples life in any way. How wrong that notion is people can dimly begin to understand when they remember the great art evolves out of some strong
emotions and is bound to inspire similar emotions in men and women other than the artists themselves. The artists are surely not divorced from the
society and their art can hardly be entirely cut off from the current conduct of men and women. Only, people may fail to see the connection. Such is
their pre-conceived conception of morality.

All art, it was truly said by Aristotle, is mimesis or representation of life. Indeed, it becomes difficult for us to understand the term,
‘representation’, unless people erase from their mind the idea that representation means photographic image. Art is on the other hand the artist’s view
of a fact and not simply a faithful representation of it. Truth in art is, therefore, different.

For some ‘the fundamental connection between art and morals still remains a mystery. A work of art is good because it is aesthetically good, because
there is something in it which pleases immediately, and may be valued for its own sake. As representation of life art is bound to imitate even the ugly
and the indecent features of life, though in a good way. The artist’s mind cannot be swayed by moral considerations. The immediate impact of art is
what inspires the artist, the future effect is secondary.

The cave-dwellers in Spain in Altamira caves who painted the charging bison or the running deer, were painting something from real life and the
connection with morality can only be found when we remember that in the life of those primitive people hunting was an essential part. It was again the
intention to draw the attention of the Greek people to their rituals and to make them interested in their Gods and Goddesses that the statues of
Apollo, Venus, Minerva, Jupiter and others were made. Art was there a handmaid to religion. As to their being nude, the reason is not so far to seek.

In Greek life perfection of the physic was a cult. Here one may remember that the Gandhar Art which is the combination of Greek, Roman and Indian art. Indian Landscape art is the highest form of
expression and exists for the sake of expression. Though art thoughts become visible. Back of forms are the desire the longing, the brooding creative
instinct, the maternity of mind and the passion that give pose and swell, outline and colour.

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