Artists use art for various purposes and functions. There are six main art purposes and functions. The first one is art for delight where an artist creates art work for a visual delight. Second is art for commentary where an artist uses subject matter to communicate to viewers. The third is art for religion which involves the use of art to enhance religious contemplation. Fourth is the use of art for self-expression in conveying personal viewpoints. Fifth is the use of art for persuasion which involves using art to influence others. Sixth is the use of art for commemoration, that is, for celebrating a certain event or person. Dallas Museum for Art has a variety of art works. Artists have used art for various functions and purposes and a visit to the Museum provides viewers with the experience of the purposes and functions.
At Dallas Museum of Art is the painting of a chunky white horse that has a fanciful tail. The horse is against a loosely painted background that is blue. Based on the painting, the hose is energized and happy. The front hoof is kicking with a lifted head. The horse seems to strain at the confines of a rectangle. The purpose of the painter for the painting is a delight. Visual delight in art work takes different forms including delight in a surprise element, and appreciation of decorating and beauty. In this case, the painter seems to express visual delight by appreciating decoration and beauty. This is based on how the brush work has been done, and the choice of color in addition to image alignment.
The Gift of Life at the Museum presents a beautiful mosaic. This work is by Miguel Covarrubias. Looking closely at the painting, one identifies the mixture of colors used by the painter. A look closely at the painting is different from viewing the painting at a distance. Looking at one region of the mosaic closely one can see individual tiles with different colors. However, the same view at a distant one sees a uniformed color patch. The painter has blended colors in a unique and attractive manner. The purpose of this painting is visual delight which takes place in form of a surprise element. The appearance of the painting gives viewers delight. The difference appearances from different angles bring in delights in the form of a surprise element. The unique shade from the blended colors makes viewers delighted in viewing the shade.
The Recovery of the Pirate Ship Whydah is a gold painting that has two people, one helping the other to perform an activity on a golden weapon. It was exhibited during the Power of Gold showing the Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana. The function of the art work is commemorating the power of gold in shaping the lives of the people in Ghana and across the Gold coast, the area through which the gold was traded. The art piece is attractive looking at the shiny surface. It leaves one with curiosity to know the role this gold has played in the lives of people living in Ghana. The artist celebrates the significant role played by gold. The art work connects viewers to a chain of humanity that stretches years back making human life more valuable and significant. Without such visual imagery it would be easy for people to forget such significant items. The decoration of the art work in gold shows how significant gold was to the people of Asante in enhancing their lives and hence the commemorating function.
The bouquet in a vase painting shows the aesthetic value of nature. It shows the floral life of France. The painting shows how established painting has been. The purpose of the painting is self-expression where an artist seeks to convey a certain information about an aesthetic urge, personality, or a certain opinion. Even though self-expression has not been a major drive for many artists, the expressive function is has been used by artists to convey certain information. The painting shows the beauty of floral life. One can tell the interest of the painter in floral life. The painter has considered a variety of flowers in the painting. This shows the interest in appreciating floral life and its beauty. By viewing the painting, it becomes easy to appreciate the beauty and understand the aesthetic urge of the painter in the floral life.
The beautiful Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art shows an individual seated on an elevated point. The sitting style and the lingerie indicate that the person had a higher position in the society. The purpose of the painting is a commemoration. The painter must have identified a need to commemorate the person for certain memories. The painting shows an act of celebrating a significant person. This has a power of connecting history to present. The visual image helps in remembering and showing respect to significant people for their valuable actions. Painters are able to remind the society about people who died many years ago but played significant roles in enhancing human lives. By just looking at the painting, even the present generation can tell that certain people contributed to the present better conditions in the society.
The Virgin of the Rosary painting shows a woman, Virgin Mary, holding a baby, Jesus, and a Rosary. At the top of the painting is a circle with some more light compared to other parts of the painting. The light depicts the holiness of the Virgin of the Rosary. By just looking at the painting one can feel it has something to do with religion. Most religions in the world have discovered the use of art in enhancing their contemplation. Art is being used as a support in religious teaching. Since human beings enjoy looking at pictures, using art work helps in understanding religious teaching. The purpose of this painting therefore is fworship and ritual specifically in enhancing religious contemplation. Viewers who identify with Virgin of the Rosary can have a better understanding of their faith by just viewing the painting and strengthen that faith.
On the walls of the Dallas Museum of Art is the Journey of the Human Spirit painting by Hope Visions. Viewing the painting one can see heads of people, animals, plants, a bird all painted in various colors. The heads seem to come from somewhere to a place with signs of rain, and with animals, and plants. The painting suggests a rebirth of humanity probably from a certain history. The painter uses art for a purpose of self-expression. The shadow following the human heads could be a form of corruption that might affect the lives of these individuals in the new world. The painter could be expressing the viewpoint on human experience and hope for a cultural renaissance.
Dallas Museum of Art gives an experience of different beautiful art works all created for different purposes. Artists have exhibited their different works created for delight, commemoration, self-expression, commentary, religion, or for persuasion. For instance, the painting of a chunky white horse shows the use of art for visual delights in appreciation of decoration and beauty. The Gift of Life at the Museum, the beautiful mosaic, shows the use of art for delight in form of an element of surprise. The bouquet in a vase painting is an example of the use of art for self-expression. These are just examples of work arts that artists have presented at the museum for different purposes and functions.