good and bad art

good and bad art - claim hard to agree with because perhaps...

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According to Tolstoy, good art evokes a universal feeling among all who view it, regardless of any educational, racial, or age differences. On the other hand, bad art evokes a particular feeling common to only a select group of people instead of evoking that same feeling in all who view it. He argues that Christian art of the time is not "catholic" in its original meaning since Christian art oftentimes does not evoke the same feeling from a Muslim or Buddhist as it does from a Christian. Tolstoy makes an astounding claim that the works of artistic geniuses such as Beethoven, Dante, and even Shakespeare are guilty of producing bad art. He claims that since their works affect only a specific group of people, namely the upper- class members of society, it cannot be classified as good art because it is not universal. I find this
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Unformatted text preview: claim hard to agree with because perhaps other members of society cannot fully appreciate the quality of art produced by these great composers and authors, simply because they are too ignorant to grasp the complexity of the beauty they are producing. If they were to be educated in these respective areas of art, then perhaps they would be more able to comprehend the artistic value of these famous artists. Art does not necessarily have to be universal in order to classify it as "good". Good should evoke the same feeling from those who have gained sufficient knowledge in the topic being addressed by the art piece, whether it be a musical composition or marble sculpture....
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