Art for Peace

Art is a creative pursuit involving the imagination of creation and originality in expression. Peace, whereas, is a concept based more on a social-psychological ideology of maintenance of equilibrium and managing competing forces; hence raising the question of where it involves the unique elucidation of individuality.

Peace and the Art

The arts and the pursuit of peace are frequently considered interrelated and complementary. Literature, music, visual art, and performance art all have the potential to foster peace because they provide a universal platform for self-expression and understanding that can bridge linguistic and cultural barriers. The arts have the potential to serve as a forum for constructive dialogue and instil a sense of calm among participants. However, artists and creators require stability, security, & freedom to produce & share their works with the world. Therefore peace is a vital precondition for the growth of the arts. Peace and the arts, in this view, are complementary pursuits that strengthen and enrich one another.

Professional Artist

Professional artists only start hostilities. They could not care less about it. Even if conflict breaks out during their lifetime—and wars have occurred practically everywhere—they will usually do everything they can to complete their task. This is not always possible, though; when it happens, creative types, like everybody else, are sucked into the action as well. This is a deciding factor. They need to adjust. They decide where to stand. Looking back on their production during brutal, engulfing wars, it is easy to see the effects which human killing has had on artistic styles. Ethics impacts and may even override aesthetics.

Like many painters of his day, Picasso was a rough-and-tumble person. He allegedly had a police officer's French accent. He also had a soft side, however. He was more interested in things like aesthetics, beauty, and elegance. Throughout his long life, his detached intellectual demeanor and fixation on what he considered eternal beauty kept him from others. He looked for aesthetic comfort, akin to "a good armchair that delivers rest from fatigue," and found it in the arts.

How does the Artist Work?

Is it required that a professional artist work toward world peace? Otherwise, does only being an artist suffice? He must be moved to break down in tears while looking out over a war-ravaged city. More so than politicians, scientists, or philosophers, they are delicate instruments that register sensations and turn subtle experiences into shareable realities. As we may expect, there is some variation in response reactions.

The results of an artist's involvement in a cause other than art might be surprising and even perplexing to casual observers. Stendhal, a French novelist, was a considerable admirer of Napoleon, and his heroes often display the ruthlessness and callousness of a conquering dictator. The Red and the Black antihero, Julien Sorel, thought himself to be at war with all humanity. Still, some artists push the boundaries even further. Russian revolutionary poet Ilya Ehrenburg pushed the Red Army to destroy the Nazis in some of the most violent propaganda ever written.

Feelings are what art is all about. That is not always a calm sensation. Nor only a soothing, serene feeling. Nevertheless, the emotions sparked by works of art are fundamentally distinct from those stirred by any other medium. For instance, if he strolls outside, he might take in the sun's warmth. To myself, he remarks, "he feels Hot. This sensation was brought on by the sun. he slit my finger and thought, "ugh, that hurts." Alternatively, he might be strolling down the street and notice a homeless person dozing off. It is because of him that he always feels down. In these three cases, he has actively chosen to feel something, yet it is not a purely aesthetic emotion. Art is the intentional arousal of an audience's emotional response through the use of a skilful technique.

Absence of Artists

The absence of an artist makes it impossible for any emotional connection to be made through art. In Tolstoy's opinion, art is like a meeting of mentally affected bodies through triggered sensations.

There is at least one significant distinction between anti-war art and propaganda. More precisely, propaganda is not so much anti-war as the anti-one particular enemy. Conceived as an attack on an enemy, propaganda takes the form of artistic expression. Limiting itself to stoking support for wars against a state-sanctioned "other," be it a foreign country, a different ethnic group, or any other category of Culture or belief system, really promote violence rather than peace. The best anti-war art gets to the heart of what makes war so terrible, and it does so across all time and space. Thus, it is necessary to examine war and peace from a macro and micro perspective.

Furthermore, a coherent justification is necessary to explain the connection between art and these two conditions. This means that, on the one hand, art and artists throughout history can be studied, while, on the other, the same composition and essence of art itself can be analyzed. On the other hand, if we want its connection to peace, we need to consider art itself to grasp.

James Prescott, an American psychologist, has spent a career studying and treating children and has concluded the following regarding the causes of violence: Because particular sensory experiences during formative periods of development will generate a cognitive pre-disposition for either violence-seeking and pleasure-seeking behaviors, the reciprocal relationship between pleasure and aggression is of great importance.

Somatosensory deprivation, in my opinion, is the root cause of a wide range of dysfunctional social and emotional behaviors stemming from what psychologists call "maternal-social" deprivation, or a lack of caring, loving care. In contrast to sight, sound, smell, and taste, kinaesthetic senses (from the Greek, kinesis) refer to the experiences of touch and bodily motion. To me, depression, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sexual deviance, substance misuse, violence, and aggression can all be traced back to a lack of physical touch, contact, and movement.


For human flourishing and development, peace and artistic expression go hand in hand. The arts thrive in times of peace and can also play an essential role in fostering mutual respect and understanding. Empathy, communication, and introspection can all be encouraged through the arts. On the other hand, peace fosters conditions where creative people can work without fear of reprisal or censorship. Those who work to spread love and appreciation for the arts will help build a world where everyone can thrive. As such, the pursuit of peace and the arts are valuable in and of themselves; they also serve as powerful tools for fostering a more just and peaceful global community.

Updated on: 14-Mar-2023


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