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In order for any work of art- for example, a film, a novel, a poem, or a song- to have merit it must be understandable to most people.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.

Some people seem to believe that if most people do not understand works of art, they are not valuable. While I acknowledge the value of such a claim, I believe that the value of artworks cannot be evaluated solely by understandability.

It is no doubt that artworks which are liked by most people are valuable. It would be great that artworks communicate something with the audiences successfully like the following artists. For example, Shakespeare’s four tragedies were popular among his contemporaries who understood his satire and the beauty of language at that time. His work is still revered by as one of notable literacy work in history. Similarly, the renowned Dutch painter, Rembrandt is famous for the realistic portrayal of people, landscape and events which were liked by many people in 17centruy. His enormous contribution to the Dutch Golden Age Paintings is wildly acknowledged. As seen here, the apprehensible artworks are all far more valuable.

However, I believe that artworks which are not understandable also significant merits. For example, abstract paintings are well known for their indiscernible images which are different other figurative paintings. The value of abstract paintings lie in provoking people’s thoughts and challenging people’s pre-conceived notion that what constitutes art and in rousing different emotions in each individual in art historically. If you say that abstract paintings are less valuable because most people do not understand, it is similar to arguing that a...
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