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“art is a lie that makes us realize the truth” …help please?

I have to write an essay comparing the truth of said quote made by Picasso to the character of Asher in "My Name is Asher Lev" by Chaim Potok. but first I have to figure out what the quote means. Please help. No answers that don't include an interpretation please. Thanks

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  1. PASQUALE says:

    Well, in a certain sense when you describe what the world should be like, you’re not telling the truth. You’re not describing reality, but a fantasy. You’re describing the future, something utopian, and something that’s in the imagination. So in a certain sense, it’s a lie that is extremely important in revealing the truth. It’s not just a matter of artists talking about the future or what life can be like in the future, which constitutes a kind of lie. All fiction is a kind of lie; you’re telling stories that are not true, but they somehow add up to a very important truth.I think no artist can claim to have any access to the truth, or an authentic version of an event. But obviously they have slightly better means at their disposal because they have their art to energize their theory!

  2. dhepner says:

    It is ironic that Picasso, a man of towering ego and deep individualism, should have made his first gigantic impact on Western art not as a solitary artist working in romantic isolation but in intimate artistic partnership with another great artist, the Frenchman Georges Braque. Together they “invented” Analytic Cubism, a profoundly restrained, disciplined style that rendered the subject in what has been called a “vocabulary of dismembered planes.” Analytic Cubism reduced the object to its geometric forms, with these forms rearranged so that the work could more fully explore the multifaceted character of the concrete object. Multiple points of view were combined to create a wholly new form.Some critics saw Analytic Cubism as an artistic counterpart to Einstein’s theory of relativity. The real world is not as it appears to the naïve eye. The permanent laws of Newtonian physics do not reflect the world as it really is. In fact, in the atomic substrata, all is relative.Picasso rejected such a “scientific” understanding of his purpose. Analytic Cubism was not an experimental means to discover the truth in the world as it “really” is. A cubist painting is not some allegedly “truer” understanding of the world. Rather, as Picasso put it in 1923: “We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. At least the truth that is given us to understand.”The above paragraphs are directly from this website: [external link] …Also, try this one: [external link] …It also contains part of the quote, and info about Picasso.HTH.

  3. sardius says:

    “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand.” ~ Pablo Picaso”Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.”"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”"Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth”"Advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths.”

  4. URSULA says:

    basically we praise/immortalize our ideals by making it into art. then silly, us, we go seeking the same perfection and cannot find it, eventually realizing that the ideal does not exist among the very people who created it. good luck

  5. arson says:

    Art is not real it is a copy or a representation of what is real.If it is not real it is a lie. The function of art besides for being aesthetic is that it brings us a message or a truth.

  6. deceivability says:

    Think of your favorite novel. It’s fiction, a made-up story, therefore a lie. But why is it meaningful to you? Does it speak to something you recognize in your life or in the state of the world? Does it bring you any insights? There’s where truth comes in. The novel (art) is a story (lie) that makes you think of reality (truth). The quote can be applied to any art form: novels, paintings, music, songs, sculpture, photography, poetry.