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Single Idea 23923

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 6. The Sublime]

Full Idea

Pure visual form transports me to an infinitely sublime state of mind.

Gist of Idea

Visual form can create a sublime mental state


Clive Bell (Art [1913], I.I)

Book Reference

Bell,Clive: 'Art' [nk 2010], p.11

A Reaction

Unusual for anyone to use to term 'sublime' for works of art, and I suspect that Bell was the last to do so. Bell offers a quasi-religious role for art. I accept that being struck by something exceptionally good in art is a very distinctive experience.