The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters


The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

“Goya imagined himself asleep amid his drawing tools, his reason dulled by sleep and bedeviled by creatures that prowl in the dark. The artist’s nightmare reflected his view of Spanish society, which he portrayed as demented, corrupt, and ripe for ridicule.” – http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/18.64.43

I have been learning in my art history class about how painters in the 1800s used their skills to convey very important political ideas. Theodore Gericault tried to show the ugly side of the corrupt French government in The Raft of the Medusa and Jaques-Louis David painted several paintings to strongly encourage the French people in the direction on a democracy.

I wonder if art can be used in the same manner today? I shall try to create art that is not only interesting to look at but also has deep meaning.

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2 thoughts on “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

  1. Sure, it can still be done today. Art appeals to higher senses and provokes emotions that, in turn, allows a more welcoming ground in the minds of the viewers for the message of the artist to stand on. It can be a two way street though. Not every view conveyed by art is correct or true, and not every decision made by the viewers are thereafter made in the full light of reason, unbiased by cleaver ad campaigns and memorable images. :)

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