For thousands of years, man has used art to depict their daily lives and beliefs. For example, for many years, man has carved woods and rocks and painted caves to show their way of life and hope. Thus, it is easy for people in the modern society to understand their problems and routines.
Likewise, peace is depicted into various kinds of art forms. In fact, the purpose of this article is to give an insight on the representations of peace in art.
Peace: what representations in art?
Representation of peace in music
In music, peace is best represented through songs, which are the most efficient tools to convey messages to the people in order to preserve global harmony. Among the most iconic peace songs, it is worth citing:
- "Imagine" by John Lennon
- "No more trouble" by Bob Marley
- "Heal the World" by Michael Jackson
- "Give me peace on Earth" by George Harrison
- "I wish you peace" by the Eagles
- "Peace, love, and understanding" by Elvis Costello
Representation of peace in paintings
Inner peace through paintings
Artists have also designed spectacular paintings to enhance universal peace and inner peace. Among the striking paintings on inner peace is "Gathering thoughts" by Steve Henderson. It depicts a young lady in quest of stillness by walking in still ocean water.
"True Beauty by Graham Braddock" is a subtle representation of inner peace as a valuable perfume which gives long-lasting fragrance and beauty to life. On the other hand, "Aquarian Rebirth II" focuses on a spiritual awakening, which leads to our divine power to transcend above oneself and become fully enlightened.
"Chi", a masterpiece by Jacky Gerritsen, shows an accumulation of ying-yang in a whole, which symbolizes life's positive and negative sides. It shows that even though our life is full of insecurity and conflicts, peace is always possible.
Universal peace through paintings
Paintings are efficient tools to encourage people to establish peaceful life. "The Bluebirds' Song" by Chuck Pinson is a representation of the beauty of the place we live in when there is no conflict nor war.
Paintings showing the most iconic figures in peacemaking initiatives are also worth noting, such as "Peace on Earth" by Greg Olsen, "Statesman" by Paul Lovering, "Native American Art - Chief" by Sharon Cummings.
Representation of peace in sculpture
Sculptures about peace can be found in many countries; this means that many efforts have been made to maintain peace and solidarity among nations. Yet, let us only cite one of them. "The Solar Peace sculpture" represents the great work of Fred George who created a 6-meter peace-symbol out of 80 oil barrels. The sculpture is a call for universal peace to save the environment, as it also acts as a powerful solar panel.
Representation of peace through words
Like other peace advocates, Prem Rawat, the ambassador of peace, uses beautiful words to enhance peace. Among the messages that he shares to promote universal serenity, he said: “Peace is not a luxury. It's not an option. It is fundamental to our existence and to our well-being to have peace in their life.”
On the other hand, for Christians, Jesus' words about peace are: "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Don't your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful."