Is Art Really The Emotional Expression Of Human Personality?

The connection between art and emotion has been the subject of a lot of studies conducted all around the world. Poems, prints and all other forms of art must move us, but there is a common doubt, whose emotions are involved, the reader’s or the poet’s? The emotional responses to art have been previously considered as basic response, but the latest theories suggest that the emotions and experiences are more complex and require more research. The humans’ emotional responses are often considered as base of experiencing art, whether it is prints, craft, design, poems, photography, drawings, paintings, sculptures or other.


Have you ever wondered how has a particular piece of art been produced? Works of art are usually created from deep personal feelings and emotional crisis in the lives of their creators. Emotions are taken as inspiration of millions of prints, poems and photos around the world. For example, Tolstoy believed that art is what is causing the audience to experience certain feelings. He believed that the audience could experience specific emotions only if the creators have lived through those specific feelings and experienced them correctly.

Even though most (if not all) creators express their emotions through their works of art, it is impossible to find out exactly what the audience experiences while admiring the works of art, whether it’s prints or drawings. In order to discover the exact feelings that the artists have wanted to transmit, we need to get inside their heads in the toils of their creations. Of course it is impossible to discover their true feelings, even if it was possible, many popular artists are dead.


Art as an emotional expression has found its biggest exposition in the work of two famous persons: Benedetto Croce and R. G. Collingwood. Croce was involved into practical criticism, while Collingwood into several areas of philosophy. Both artists used to write with insight and subtlety and they both believed in mental nature of art. Croce and Collingwood believed that the mental nature of art exists in the creator’s head before being introduced publicly.

Croce did not considered art as more important than economics, history, ethics and logic. Influenced by Hegel, Croce developed his thought kind of analogously. In the beginning, he regarded intuition as an expression of emotion, but later, he was arguing for an intuition that included something common to the humanity, plus something individual to the art concerned. Croce’s intuition has expanded and by the mid-twenties, he included conflicts and moral ideas in his theories.

During those years, art didn’t make any assertions, but was turning the unconscious to conscious. The conception of art through the years may be impossible to determined, but one thing is for sure – art is an emotional expression of human personality. Art is something we all love and feel through all kinds of forms, from prints to paintings and drawings.


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