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The purpose of art

What is the purpose of art?

Perhaps these quotes from notable artists can provide some insight:

The role of art for me is the visualization of attitude, of the human attitude towards life, towards the world. – Josef Albers 

The object of art is to give life a shape. – Jean Anouilh

Art has no other purpose than to brush aside… the conventional and accepted generalities, in short everything that veils reality from us, in order to bring us face to face with reality itself. – Henri Bergson

Art is the perpetual motion of illusion. The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for any one but inspire them? – Bob Dylan

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness. – Max Eastman

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. – Pablo Picasso

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers. – James Baldwin

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