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Name: Course: Date: Art and aesthetics: "The Principles of Art" by R.G Collingwood Part 2: Art as Expression The work of art is normally applied to express the feelings of an artist, those feelings that are not easy to express through word of mouth. There are many circumstances when an individual can be asked how they feel, and all they can respond to that question is by saying, “I feel…I don’t know what I feel” (109).
Therefore, the definition of art proper; is the art as a means of expression, since the other aspects of art, such as art as a craft and art as a magic have no real bearing on the essence and the meaning that art has to create, if it is not applied as a means of expression (Collingwood, 105). This is because, under circumstances where art is to be defined as a craft, then it must be divided into the elements of; means and the end (Collingwood, 108). However, it is apparent that art is not divisible into the components of a means and an end, but unfortunately the various answers that have been given to responding to the question; what is art, has always suggested that it is so. Therefore, there is a need to refute the claims that are postulated by the hypothesis that art is divisible into the components of means and end, where the technical theory of art defines the component of means as arousing emotion (Collingwood, 108). This hypothesis tries to indicate that art is a means of bringing onto the fore, something that has already been determined as desirable, so that it eventually influences the way an individual feels. ...
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