Song of Shambhala. Thang La Painter Nicholas Roerich, Tempera on Canvas. Size 76.2 x 137.2 cm
The writers and poets have poetic licence from the almighty God. The artists have this type of licence of using their artistic freedom, too. While acting upon this special authority, poetic licence, the painters impose the forms in their paintings. They do so by making the altered state of the forms.
However the trend of imposing such transformed forms has never remained static. It has gone of constant change since the days of ancient artists’ work to the modern stock of the artistic outputs. And that is the reason why the forms on the canvasses have always kept changing; the shapes of the objects painted have transformed themselves as per the wishes of a particular artist like Picasso and Van Gogh. (Images courtesy Wikemedia Commons)
How to Communicate Through Forms: The painters ideas about the forms, as they perceived them, are quite complex. It varies with the experience of each and every artist. Their method of communication is unique in nature, so far as the great painters are concerned. Some believe the defined lines of the objects of painting a foremost necessity, say the renaissance painters; and some regard the requirement of the definite lines not so important, say the modern artists including those of the impressionists’ clan. Every artist of known calibre has tried revealing the intrinsic value of his/her aesthetic experiences through their paintings done in the forms of his/her choices.
The job of an artist is a complex one in a sense. The painter’s work, and the purpose for which he or she paints, is somehow to remake the mental images he or she has made on seeing a scene or the objects. The artist’s desire is to share his or her experience through the art that would churn out a note of recognition in the viewers’ eyes. Thus the work of art constructs a bridge between the viewers and the artist, communicating the inner traffic of an artist’s mind to the art lovers’ eyes. Thus the piece of art that was merely an image in the artist’s mind, the painting that was only a child of intuition, becomes available to those who value the same.