Art for Art’s Sake


Although it may seem a simple concept, l’art pour l’art — art for art’s sake — is actually a serious topic with a lot of philosophical thoughts and opinions wrapped around it. You’ll find that there is a great deal of history behind the phrase, which became a bit of a “Bohemian creed” in the late 1800s.

I’m not going to get into a lengthy dissertation of l’art pour l’art, how the concept developed, and how various artists have applied the idea. I will say, though, that it is an interesting topic, and if you’re interested in art history and philosophy, you might enjoy reading and learning more about the idea that art can be devoid of meaning, purpose, sentimentality and all its other trappings yet still be art. A work of art need not have a narrative, need not make any political or historical statement, need not even…

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