Sunday, July 05th, 2009 | Author:

It is said that philosophy and art go hand in hand. Philosophy gives you inspiration to do art. Art was never dissociated from mainstream philosophy and literature over the years. Modern and post modern philosophical views can be seen in contemporary art. Post modern thinkers like Deleuze and Lyotard said that without philosophy there is no art. Visual art is not something that is achieved without philosophical thought of the artist. Deleuze infact said that fish is a poster and so he is providing visuals to us together with new ways of looking at the picture giving us new philosophies and new thoughts on the subjects.            

When philosopher Michel Foucault was discussing a painting with surrealist painter Rene Magritte, he talked about the relationship between words and objects, thoughts and visuals and resemblance and similitude. Magaritte says that things do not have resemblances, only thought resemble. It resembles by what one sees, hears, or knows; it becomes what the world offers it.

Foucault agreed but he had one problem which he encountered in a painting. He said ‘painting interposes a problem: there is a thought that can be seen and visually described. Here the most important thing is the thought process. So one would agree that philosophy is important without which a painting is not at all interesting. But only thought process and no skill do not work and that both go hand in hand. Hence, while there is philosophy in art, art in itself is a skill and cannot work solely on the basis of a thought.

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