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For millennia men have struggled with the basic problems of life Food water and shelter were daily struggles But a deeper problem was always present sometimes ignored or dismissed but always there Who am I and where am I The answers were easily accessible to all in the revelation from God that is found in the Bible But the artists of the time refused to accept that answer They turned to themselves or other things for the answers and found none And so the questions festered in peoples hearts and over time it was noticed It became all too apparent over the course of the last few centuries with art becoming meaningless and increasingly horrific The essence of the modern movement is hard to pinpoint exactly because modern art covers such a wide range of subject matter From the random paint drippings of Jackson Pollock to Francis Bacons reinterpretation of Pope Innocent X to Edward Paolozzis Paris Bird made from nothing but objects found in the local dump nothing was forbidden But at the heart of every piece of art behind the junk and splatters there were those questions questions which were tearing at the mind of the artist questions which they refused to see the answer to Their art had no meaning but the driving force behind it was those terrible unanswerable questions The artists could not find truth rather they didnt want to find the real truth so they searched for alternatives and came up blank They did not want to give their lives to God and therefore they gave themselves to hopelessness meaningless and ultimately death These feelings are embodied in Francis Bacons painting Head IV It is a scream a scream against that aching hole the overwhelming feeling of insignificance The dark background gives an ominous mood the streaking of the upper portion of the face and the rest of the painting destroying that part of man that is wise
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