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Single Idea 23935

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 6. Value of Art]

Full Idea

Those who have been thrilled by the pure aesthetic significance of a work of art …carry a state of excitement and exaltation making them more sensitive to all that is going forward about them. Thus they realise …the significance and possibility of life.

Gist of Idea

Aesthetic experience is an exaltation which increases the possibilities of life


Clive Bell (Art [1913], IV.III)

Book Reference

Bell,Clive: 'Art' [nk 2010], p.88

A Reaction

This seems like a bit of an afterthought, because he struggles to explain why his 'significant form' is so important. He shifts between it being an end - an intrinsic value - or a moral state, or now an increaser of life potential.