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Monet's 'The Poppy Field'... beautiful, but does it have a deeper meaning?

When it comes to art, it's very easy for those on the outside looking in to judge a piece of work based on its superficial merits: the brush strokes, tonal range, colour choice and other elements.

But does it go deeper than that? Is all art painted or drawn for a reason, a purpose? Does all art have a deeper meaning?

This is somewhat of a 'loaded' question, and we'll by no means try to provide a definitive answer, but what do you think?

On the one hand, some people think that a painting is simply a selection of pigments spread on a canvas in an aesthetically pleasing way. Others, on the other hand, believe that even the smallest sketch is created for a reason, to say something and make a statement. And how much of a part does an artist's skill play? Is a picture more meaningful when it's more accurately depicted, or is only a mere suggestion needed in order to convey a message?

Perhaps the answer lies with each individual artist; they know what meaning they put into a piece, and they know what they want it to say. In fact, it's not unknown for an artist to admit from the outset that a picture is just a picture, with no inherent meaning or message. But isn't art all about interpretation? It is the viewer that decides what a piece of art means to them. It is this subjectivity that makes art such a thrilling subject to debate, and could perhaps be one of the reasons it has endured for so long.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Please leave your view via the comments below and join the debate! To learn more about joining the SAA, society for all artists, please click here.

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