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The motivation behind works

I don't visit this forum very much. While I like to appreciate art, I find whenever there is an artistic "community" of any kind, it makes me nauseous. Maybe you understand what I mean.

But I recently saw a picture which struck a nerve with me.

I very much want to know what kind of motivation comes behind making a piece of art in this style. It is certainly thought-provoking, just observing the features of this work. The mind behind it is what I am curious to reach, and try and make sense of the purpose.

Go ahead and take a stab at it, if you are interested.

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Well, I think that perhaps it isn't the mind that is so different, but the imagination and form of expression. For instance if you take Tolkien and his worlds, I don't think that he necessarily must have been a nutter, just that he enjoyed indulging himself in fantasies that probably few of us have the imagination to invent.

And so that would mean the actual thought and emotion is less distant than the image would seem to suggest. That's my suspicion.

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When we look at art bear in mind that we are looking at a product even though most artists may want you to believe that they are making something above the scrutiny of the public.

You used Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights as an example. During Bosch's time (ca. 1450-1516) the church was the sole provider of the livelihood of artists/craftsmen. A painting or a sculpture is not only an ornamental object but a conduit of messages from the authoirty--in this case the church. The Garden of Earthly Delights fascinates us in the 21st Century and has certainly influenced the makers of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Matrix," etc. But back then, Bosch was an ordinary religious man utilising his skills to make a living.

In our own times, art no longer represents the message of the ruling class. (hello FoxNews) Artists today have few options: to work a normal office job and carry on their hobbies at night or on weekends; or, to become so rich they Are the ruling class.

Hope that answers your question, or begins another set of questions?

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Very interesting responses.

I catch myself in a "suspension of disbelief" moment, almost hypnotized or entranced in some cases of movies, music, paintings, etc.

It happened for me with Tolkien's books all throughout childhood by the way.

For example, I could take one part of the picture and ruminate over it for some time- the air-walking, ice-skates-wearing rodent in the top right corner, who may or may not be holding onto his crotch for some strange reason.

Man, I've got a headache.

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