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Does life imitate art more than art imitates life?

  • Yes it does

    Art touches a sphere of our understanding that is beyond words. It speaks to us in ways no words or thoughts can. And by this, can rise to heights of form that are beyond form or structure, such that what you end up seeing is the spirit behind the work and not the form itself. Like music it soothes the soul or can create untold torment. I say great art inspires and has inspired unimaginable fete's in men - renaissance art did that and continues to do. May our modern artists seek to birth great art, to enliven the spirit of our time

  • Both don't imitate the other.

    This is because art is a part of life . Nature is already art by itself . Nature does not have to be painted to be art . :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  • Life and the way we behave

    A broader conception of life (humans, plants, animals , the cosmos et al) would clearly suggest that art imitates life. However within the confines of the human existance it would seem that art can and frequently anticipates what is to come and brilliantly articulates what has been, and predicts with great accuracy how humans will behave and act. So, ipso facto, life imitates art and we do well to take note of arts ongoing and enduring revelations.

  • It is possible

    Because of the nature of life and the nature of art itself, it's more of a full circle because life imitates art and art imitates life. One cannot be without the other because they complete each other and are, then, rather just two sides of the same coin. It's just the way you see it.

  • Yes it does

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  • Life imitates art because, art is a part of it

    Over the years, art has escalated from cave paintings to canvases and last to modern media and graphic arts. Now debates have arose over whether art is still being imitated by life or is life imitated by the arts? This question has grown over the years especially since the violence initiated by the media from movies like V for Vendetta and Batman the Dark Knight. Some argue that media has not influenced any of the violence or protests within the world, while others reinforce the need to limit the violence displayed on modern television. Even though there are some who still believe in the philosophy of art imitating life, the fact that over the course of time this idea has slowly dwindled until the perception is switched. In modern times, art does not imitate life, instead life imitates art. Taken into moderate consideration, art does imitate life to a certain extent. This perception is supported by several factors; one form of evidence to support this idea is cave paintings. One major and internationally known collection of cave paintings is found in Lascaux, France discovered by a group of boys in the 1940s. According to Yost’s article from the Wall Street Journal, the images were of everyday objects within the Stone Age, for example “’Frieze of Stags,’ which shows several deer from the shoulder up migrating across the cave wall” (Yost, 2013, para. 3). This is a daily image during the Stone Age, during this time period there were no religious or cultural influences that were pressed upon these early artists. Instead, they merely painted what they saw; this is a type of genre painting in its most primitive form. This form of painting supports the idea of art imitating life, because the subject matters of these cave paintings were everyday chores or activities. Another form of art imitating life is the genre painting in western art that consisted of images of ordinary objects. According to Harris, western art of the seventeenth century were “concerned with pictorial representation of ordinary objects within daily life…scenes include. ..Plants and flowers…jewelry, cups, plates…and furniture” (Harris, 2006, p. 131). This statement reinforces the idea that life influences art to a certain degree. Regular and normal tools or images that are seen in a day to day basis that can be turned into a painting or artwork illuminate the perception that art does imitate life. When people do stuff in real life that's inspired by literature, music, film, etc. though many would say that this art was first inspired by real life. So it's a chicken-or-the-egg debate.

  • Art is dependent on life

    Since art is such an open ended idea, There is so much in life that can be considered art. Art itself is dependent on the creator of the art. Whatever it may be that you consider art was created based of the experiences or "life" of the creator. Thus art has an imitational relationship with life, Not the other way around.

  • It does not.

    Art clearly imitates life, because if you were to draw something, what is usually your muse? Something real, something you have experienced, seen, or touched. Something you have a passion for or already know of. However, I can see the other side of the argument, as literature and artwork can inspire people to do said things as well. However, I still stick with my point, that without life, art could not be created as no one would have a muse. And you can't just say that you made a book character out of thin air either, or any concept. For a concept to be made, there has to be a need for it, or you are inspired by something to create it. For a fictional character to be created, you need character traits, flaws, and personality, that you have observed in real life.

  • Art iIitates Life!

    What is art but depictions of life and things that happen in life.

    Without life, there would be nothing to draw or recreate.

    Art reveals to others what touched the life of the artist. Where they have been, what they have seen & the things that meant the most to them. Good or bad, they imortilize that point in their life in their art.
    A beautiful tree, birds, a woman, an animal, a sunset.
    They are life imitated. While they depict life, they are essentially inanimate. They don't breathe, grow, feel, touch, etc. They can make YOU the appreciator feel these things if the art is good enough. But will never be alive itself.

  • No, art imitate life

    I think Life is art , that's why when u get to the slightest understanding of that then you rearrange the reason u make art from life of course....So art imitates life most of the art that exist comes from life even if there was art before life. Art imitate life

  • NO it doesnt

    Even without art life would goo on as it has and always will have. Art isn't hippy shit art is a skill and a trade. The modernist artists are killing the art game with their shitty art. I painted a blue dot now its worth 3 gillion dollars. You posers.

  • Art needs Life.

    Without life there would be no art. When you are about to make a piece of artwork you need that inspiration that will drive you to create something amazing. Inspiration comes from experiences. Things that have happened to you in your life or things that you have seen. We can have an imagination, but this always stems from something we have already perceived. Art is made to remember or to forget an event. But you cannot have that without living it for yourself. Life does not imitate art. Life is art. They need each other and life without art is just stupid.

  • Art imitates life

    In order to create a piece of art one must have an inspiration and/or an imagination. The human brain can NOT imagine something that does not exist. The parietal lobe is responsible for one's imagination more or less (Also responsible for integrating sensory information) and the neural signals from the parietal lobe are sent down to the occipital lobe while images of reality flow upwards from the occipital lobe to the parietal lobe. One's imagination is images from reality being sent to the parietal lobe and being combined with neural signals of sensory information (Sight,touch, smell, etc.) leading to the an imaginary image, which is from reality. So an artist must imitate reality in order to imagine a piece of art. Art imitates life.

  • Art imitates life.

    Art imitates life more then life imitates art. Most art if not all art is somewhat derived from what the artist has experienced in their life. There is no way that life can really imitate art, since art is derived from life. I can think of no art pieces where life is imitating it.

  • Life does not imitate art more than art imitates life.

    Clearly, art imitates life more than life imitates art. People write stories and make movies about the best parts of life and the parts that are interesting. It's impossible for life to imitate art, because life is random and dictated by chance. If life could imitate art, we would have no need to make art in the first place.


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PoeticJustice says2015-08-03T10:25:07.737
No. They both encompass each other.
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