WHAT IS GOOD ART?

Triggering of Emotions, memories, or a striking image. Some may say it is all down to interpretation.


By Caoimhe Clements: arts Columnist


Our society is influenced by freedom, which allows individuals to challenge and raise questions.

The arts, an industry where challenging debates frequently unfold. Debates are needed for grown. A continuous art debate is what is good art. As creators, how can oneself learn to separate good art from bad art? 

An individual, through disciplines of original and critical thinking, can be seen as an artist. Good art comes from personal artistic responses to an event or subject matter.

In a world where arguably everything can be art. Where do we create boundaries of identifying great successful art compare to art that does not show any form of critical thinking, lack of experience for the viewer and no evidences of clear intentions?

The well-known French artist Henri Matisse, who was a part of the art movement Fauvism, which is French for Wild Breasts as a reference to the use of tension bold colour palette. His famous work ‘The Snail (1953)’, an image created by the use of a series of cut outs. When viewing ‘The Snail’ in person you may hear personal responses such as ‘anyone could do that’ or ‘that looks easy or effortless’.

Arguably, the image does not appear in the form of a snail. Therefore, what makes this art work, good art? 


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The execution of different art forms is the result of the nature of art movements.


Matisse was crucially ill, confined to a bed and use the help of an assistant to complete ‘The Snail’. In 1951, he spoke of the technique explaining how the form of cut outs gives him the opportunity to draw with colour.


The use of experimenting, challenging and seeking out new ways to create art while in ill health, allowed Matisse is successfully execute this art piece. The Snail is also extremely memorable and continues to be one the most recognised art works in the 21st century.

The execution of different art forms is the result of the nature of art movements. Surrealist Salvador Dali’s ‘The Persistence of Memory’ is good art as it has clear intentions, it is engaging as it makes your eye study what elements and forms embedded in the image. While Pablo Picasso’s cubism style is good art as the use of form, keeps the viewer engaged and makes the work very memorable. Van Gogh’s work leaves a memory in the viewers mind from the use of the bold colour palette and his clear intentions of landscapes.

In order to produce successful art work, the artist must be self-aware. As the creator of their work, they must understand the why they are producing this work in the first place, what are you contributing that does not already exist. For the viewer to feel connected to the subject which is being portrayed, the artist themselves must understand the emotions being evoked. One must be original, speak their voice and be personal.