Give a talk on art.
Remember to discuss:
- why people enjoy art
- which art galleries you enjoy, why
- whether you understand modern art, why
- what artists you admire, why
Art is, and has always been, in the service of man. Subconsciously or not, it affects us in many different ways. To begin with, art can be a great source of pleasure in our lives and even a passing acquaintance with art can enrich and deepen our understanding of the world around us. A piece of artwork may invoke a gamut of feelings and emotions starting from a smile all the way to downright indignation! Besides, art gives people an opportunity to show their individuality. For example, we collect works of art because they allow us to express ourselves and represent who we are. And for artists, art is the expression of their heart. With art they can relive their inner emotions and allow the world to enjoy and share their feelings and thoughts.
As for me, I enjoy Russian art, that's why the State Tretyakov Gallery is one of my most favourite art museums. It is a treasure house of Russian paintings, which contains over 100 thousand works of art. There we can see paintings of outstanding Russian artists such as Repin, Vasnetsov, Shishkin, Surikov, Korovin, and so on. It's one of the top attractions in the city. I particularly love this gallery because it impresses me by the unique combination of the past and the present. My favourite picture is Trinity by Andrew Rublev, which synthesizes all art achievements of ancient Russia. Its composition and colour design instil beauty and harmony. I think it's a real masterpiece.
I appreciate classic art, but I have trouble understanding paintings when it comes to modern art. When I come to a gallery and see a canvas with a black dot on it, I don't understand how this can be appreciated. For example, when I look at some jackson Pollock pieces, I just see paint splattered on a canvas and i don't get it why it's considered to be art. A friend of mine, who is keen on modern art, says we should not look for meaning but for pleasure, as the most important thing is to enjoy the shapes and colours. Perhaps, she is right but I still find modern pictures difficult to appreciate.
Without doubt, my favourite artist is Ivan Shishkin, who was the one of the most important 19th century Russian landscape painters. His works are natable for poetic depiction of seasons in the woods, wild nature, animals and birds. I enjoy his paintings because of his masterful use of colour and life, for his loving depiction of Russian nature and the positive and lifeaffirming style. I'm particularly captivated by an arresting naturalism of his landscapes. One of my favourite pictures by Shishkin is Morning in a pine forest, which is a marvellous pictorial fantasy that goes beyond the pure realism developed by many other Russian painters of this period. In my opinion, honesty and realism are the picture's most carrying force.
- What famous Russian painters do you know?
- What do you know about icon painting?
- Do you enjoy your art class at school? Why?
- Do you like modern art?
- Do you enjoy visiting art galleries?
- Have you ever been to any famous art museums?
- What art form do you like best?
- What would life be like without art?
- Why is art important?
- Why do people become professional artists?
- Do you think graffiti is art?