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By Elizabeth Prettejohn

What can we suggest once we name a piece of artwork "beautiful"? How have artists spoke back to altering notions of the attractive? which matches of paintings were referred to as appealing, and why? basic and fascinating inquiries to artists and paintings enthusiasts, yet ones which are all too usually neglected in discussions of paintings today.
Elizabeth Prettejohn argues that we easily can't manage to pay for to disregard those questions. Charting over 2 hundred years of western artwork, she illuminates the important dating among our altering notions of good looks and particular artistic endeavors, from the works of Kauffman to Whistler, Ingres to Rosetti, Cezanne to Pollack. superbly illustrated with a hundred photographs--60 in complete color--Beauty and Art concludes with a demanding query for the long run: Why should still we care approximately attractiveness within the twenty-first century?

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In both case Gautier is true to elevate the problem: the erotic is a try case for either idealist paintings idea and Kantian aesthetics. it's in Gautier’s feedback, instead of his theoretical writing, that he develops his rules of the way the erotic could be enthusiastic about aesthetic event. Gautier finds the sensuality of the Bather of Valpinçon [56] suffused in the course of the photo, and never restricted to the nude physique: the white and pink turban ‘twists itself with coquetterie round the head’, the linens ‘give worth via their appealing mat tones to the firm and terrific flesh of the bather’. it's as though his erotic engagement stimulates the depth and closeness of his commentary. additionally, Gautier by no means describes the figure as though it have been a ‘real’ girl. He sees in it numerous different works of art—the palette of Titian, the draperies on which there may lie a sculptured Venus or a courtesan from Venetian portray, ‘a fragment of a Greek statue burnished with the tawny tones of Giorgione [the Venetian painter, 1476/8–1510]. ’51 Gautier doesn't, then, reply as one might to pornography; as though in defiance of Cousin, he expresses a ‘love of the gorgeous’ that's powerful sufficient to be defined as erotic. even as it may be under pressure that this isn't a ‘formalist’ reaction. In his article at the appealing, Gautier poured scorn at the formalist place that will divorce summary shape from the belief it embodies. As we've seen, he made a comparable element approximately Delacroix’s girls of Algiers: the noticeable or sensuous kinds of the image are either totally representational and imbued with their very own form of that means. therefore Gautier, regardless of his emphasis on speedy sensuous adventure, conscientiously uncommon his place from formalism: ‘L’art pour l’art capacity no longer shape for form’s sake, yet fairly shape for the sake of the gorgeous, except any extraneous thought, from any detour to the profit of a few doctrine or different, from any direct utility’. fifty two Gautier doesn't, notwithstanding, use the word l’art pour l’art while writing approximately Ingres in 1855 and for solid purposes: the motto have been debatable from the instant it used to be brought, not just a result of misinterpretation that it was once tantamount to ‘form for form’s sake’, yet mostly as a result right interpretation, that it intended a whole divorce among artwork and morality. For its proponents within the 1830s, while the motto turned present in feedback, the dissociation of ninety eight nineteenth-century france: from staël to baudelaire 56 Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres Bather of Valpinçon, 1808 paintings from morality intended art’s independence either from educational doctrines that required paintings to illustrate a lofty ethical, and from the prudish and petty moralism of bourgeois critics (for whom, unsurprisingly, Gautier’s poetry and novels have been a selected target). certainly l’art pour l’art was once usually noticeable as a repudiation of the expanding commercialism of the markets for literature and paintings from the 1830s onwards, a refusal of complicity with the profit-making ethos of bourgeois society.

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