Short essay supporting the statement "Art reveals values"? For a humanities class

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Do you agree with the claim "Art reveals values"?

The Encarta dictionary defines values as "the accepted principles or standards of an individual or a group". When I think about what the word "value" means to me, I think of morals and the amount of worth people assign to objects. After much consideration, I believe that art does reveal values. Art is a means of expression, where an individual can show others how he feels about certain concepts and can demonstrate what subject matter is most significant to him. I agree with the textbook Humanities Through the Arts statement: "values can be expressed in subtle and enduring ways in the arts".

A great piece of artwork represents encourages the viewer to "respond constructively to the views expressed by the artist". Most people have the desire to express their affection or dislike of things to others, and art is a creative outlet to show emotions. When I want to express my personal opinion, or values, I do it with words and conversation. An artist can converse with many people and say many hours worth of words in one painting or piece of artwork.

Unlike science or math, the study of art does not result in fact examination. The purpose of art is primarily focused on expression and emotion. To understand art, one must first open their mind and look farther than the surface of a piece of artwork. Artist share their values by developing a story within a piece of art to tell the viewer how they fell about the subject of their work.

When art is appreciated and studied, the observer will feel emotion toward the piece. The artist can draw from history, families, personal problems, and attitudes and express to others his emotions toward these things. Although all people have different tastes, all people can feel emotions (even though a wide range of emotion may be felt) when examining a good piece of art.

"The success of a work of art depends on its ability to interpret human experience at a level of complexity that warrants examination and reexamination over time".