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Single Idea 23929

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 5. Natural Beauty]

Full Idea

It is only when we cease to regard the objects in a landscape as means to anything that we can feel the landscape artistically.

Gist of Idea

We only see landscapes as artistic if we ignore their instrumental value


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

Book Reference

Bell,Clive: 'Art' [nk 2010], p.29

A Reaction

This sounds as if only the exploitative attitude blocks the artistic view, but I would expect the scientific view (of an ecologist, for example) to do the same.