Commentary 2 - Jocelyn Thompson HPHI 302A 26 February 2008...

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Jocelyn Thompson HPHI 302A 26 February 2008 Commentary 2 Tolstoy’s Philosophy of Art Tolstoy approaches art with a very specific and narrow view of what is real and what is counterfeit in classifying artwork and what makes a work of art good or bad. Tolstoy believes that a work of art can be classified as “real” only if “one man consciously by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that others are infected by these feelings and also experience them”. He believe that art can only be defined as real by its ability to make the audience feel what the artist had intended to convey with their work. The feelings that the artist intends to convey must be sincere and true feelings based on personal experience. These feelings are to be expressed to the audience in such a way that the audience feels as if the artist is merely expressing something they feel and has always longed to express. To counterbalance this definition, Tolstoy defines counterfeit art as having “no impression on anyone”. He says that distinguishing real art from counterfeit art can be done simply by determining the “infectiousness of art”. Tolstoy claims that any piece of art, no matter how beautiful, appealing, poetic, intriguing, striking, or realistic cannot be defined as real unless it also maintains this quality of infectiousness. Tolstoy defines art as a means to “evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced,
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course PHIL 302 taught by Professor Bumbler during the Spring '08 term at Cabrini University.

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