In their 20s, students at Oxford University were taught that their favourite art form is called ’emotion art’.
They were taught to imagine a painting that made their friends laugh, they were told they should be more creative and the subject was considered an ‘art form’.
In their 30s, they learned about the relationship between art and emotion.
‘There is a sort of romanticised idea that art is all about feeling, or that art has to be something that you can take out of yourself and experience in some way,’ says Hannah Withers, a professor of psychology at Oxford.
‘But it’s really the opposite.’
In the 20s and 30s art was the focus of a social and psychological movement known as the ’emotional art movement’.
The word ’empathy’ is often associated with empathy and empathy art.
‘Empathy art’ was a form of art that was inspired by a movement known by the name ’empathise’, says Professor Wither