Francis MBELLA's Exhibition: "THE COLOUR AND THE FAITH" in UNESCO-Paris, November 2003
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION
ACTION AND THE MEANING OF ART ?
What then is art, if the idea of beauty which confuses everything, is rejected? In order to define art precisely, you must start by ceasing to consider it a means of pleasure and viewing art instead as one of the condiitions of human life. Considered this way, we can not avoid concluding that art is one of major means men have of communicating with each other.
All works of art function in this way, the audience, to a certain extent, enters into communication with its creator, and with all others who, before or after him, received or will receive the same artistic impression. Art functions like words, wich link men together by expressing their thoughts and their experiences. But this means of communication is specific and differs from the word through wich man communicates his thoughts, whereas by art man communicates his feelings.
Art operates through the fact that a man who perceives through hearing or through sight the feelings expressed by another man, is able to feel the same things as he who expressed them.
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