Art, like most human beings, is temperamental; it is no secret that artists, poets and musicians work when they get the requisite inspiration.
Dictation and imposition of authority are what art and artists firmly resent.
In this sense art is an intense form of individualism.
Even so, art should never seek popularity; on the contrary the people should try to value art and make themselves artistic as far as they can.
Moreover, a true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
Indeed, even those who regard art as an ideal and artists as idealists cannot deny that art is a faithful mirror of the life and civilization of a period.Often the reality is harsh; even that serves as a reminder of what we are prone to ignore.When the reality is pleasant and artistic creations please, we begin to appreciate art, not otherwise.After all, painter thinks, reflects for a long time, tries to imagine something good and great, has a vision or a dream, and then draws a picture, a drawing or moulds clay or metal into a figure he has dreamed or thought of.Since dreams, thoughts and visions are all a part of our life, art is also very much a part of our existence.Who can deny that a painting or a piece of sculpture has great appeal if it is life-like, emanating vigour and activity and if it inspires human feelings?Besides, the real artist is he who does not cater to cheap tastes or panders to the low, in human or base instincts of men and women.Art and artists are now being patronized and encouraged by the Government of India and the State Governments.But official patronage alone cannot be a lasting guarantee of the prosperity of art; the people themselves must learn to appreciate art in whichever form it comes before them. The swing of the pendulum may raise art to the skies or bring it down crashing to the earth.Anyone, it is said, who finds a way to make a lamp or some other artistic piece out of a Camp-Cola bottle gets more protection than a humble man who creates a work of real art.There is indeed a distortion of values in the world of art; really talented artists often starve because of the lack of patronage by those who lead a life devoted to un artistic activity.