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The nature of art has been described by philosopher Richard Wollheim as “some of the elusive of the traditional issues of human tradition”. Art has been outlined as a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and concepts, a means for exploring and appreciating formal parts for their very own sake, and as mimesis or illustration. Art as mimesis has deep roots within the philosophy of Aristotle. Leo Tolstoy identified art as a use of oblique means to speak from one particular person to a different. G. Collingwood superior the idealist view that art expresses feelings, and that the work of art therefore basically exists within the thoughts of the creator. The theory of art as form has its roots in the philosophy of Kant, and was developed in the early 20th century by Roger Fry and Clive Bell.

  • Form may embody visible design ideas, similar to arrangement, stability,