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What Are the Functions of Art?

Smarter people than I have written entire books about the function of art. My attempt, here — which will probably come across as overly simplified — will be to hit the highlights. Disclaimers abound. First, proceed with this caution: No piece of art can be “assigned” a function (or functions), …

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What are the Elements of Art?

The elements of art are sort of like atoms in that both serve as “building blocks” for creating something. You know that atoms combine and form other things, right? Sometimes they’ll casually make a simple molecule, as when hydrogen and oxygen form water (H2O). If hydrogen and oxygen take a …

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How to Paint in the Fauvism Style

Fauvism is a short-lived art movement of the 20th century (1904-1908) that followed the Post-Impressionist movement. Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh are some of the Post-Impressionists considered to have influenced the fauvism movement with their innovative use of color and brushstrokes. Fauvism means “wild beasts” in French …

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