c0q_m1x3r wrote:However, most great art stems from the artist's suffering.
BZZZZZZZTTTT. Sorry, that was my big ol' logic buzzer.
How you define art will validate or invalidate that statement.
You will have to define 'great' art as opposed to other art. Usually it's personal taste.
Da Vinci and Michellangello lived pretty good lives, does their art suck?
I hate blanket statements like that.
My personal definition:
Art is the result when a person uses a physical medium to create a unique object whose primary purpose is not funtional.
Hence a musician uses an instrument, a composer uses songsheets, painter uses paint, potter uses clay, etc. Art can be on an functional object, or an art object can be functional, but the primary purpose of the modifications must be for non-functional means. An art car is functional, but the art enveloping it is not for transportation purposes. That's why there is such a debate on art. From an engineering standpoint- it's pointless.
For the general- all purpose defination that will fit anyone and everyone.
Art is 'tra' spelled backwards.
That will be all.