Vic Prose Paper I - Victorian Prose Paper I: Response to...

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Victorian Prose Paper I: Response to Pater English 370 Neville Hoad Brittain Gilliland In this excerpt, Pater attempts to establish a way of critiquing art, or an beautiful thing, and discusses themes relating to human perception of beauty. Pater believes that the analysis of beauty is a skill that must be developed. The goal is not so much to try and define the idea of beauty, but to make explicit the way it acts on the observer. Though the appreciation of beauty is certainly subjective, the overwhelming diversity of human experience can be tempered by the fact that the appreciation of beauty is universal. The critiquing of art need not be an elite thing. Certainly one man’s idea of great art is not the final word. Any man can appreciate art’s effect on him and attempt to define the specific aspects that are beautiful. This means that he is not trying to name, for example, what constitutes beautiful painting, only what makes a particular painting beautiful. In examining art one finds that there are certain areas or moments of brilliance, where great pleasure is excited in the consumer of the art, just as there are aspects that are banal, and lacking beauty. This identification of the good and bad within a piece of art is an important part of the critiquing process.
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ENG 370 taught by Professor Hoad during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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