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Does Art Really Overcome Prejudice?

This morning, I came across a quote from a fellow named Andre Gide. He was a French author and writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947.

Gide was kind of a big deal, in his day, but still, I was taken aback at the categorical declaration of his words: “There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome.”

Is this true? Does art overcome all prejudice? I thought I’d check on that, by looking at the impact of art in the time Andre Gide. Here’s a taste of what I found:

nazi art

The Nazi Party employed many artists. Adolph Hitler was himself a painter.

Let’s not get carried away with the idea that art, as a category of communication, is inherently opposed to prejudice.

Art may sometimes oppose prejudice, but it can just as easily be used to support prejudice. Beauty is not always beneficial.

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