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5.0 out of 5 stars Hogarth on Beauty, 19 Feb 2011
This review is from: The Analysis of Beauty (Paperback)
Most of us when asked for our opinion on the appearance of anything ranging from a work of art to a coffee percolator, inevitably respond by saying that we like it, don't like it or are unmoved by it. Few of us then feel obliged to even consider let alone discuss the reasons supporting our opinion. But if everyone took this view, beauty and good taste would always be judged subjectively and this would inevitably lead to the demise of the intellectual development of the human race, without which, it would cease to evolve and subsequently become extinct.

That "The Analysis of Beauty" is required reading for all those intending to make a career in art, architecture, design, fashion and the like "cela va sans dire". However, William Hogarth's book is more than a textbook, it provides a gateway to a secret garden in which anyone who has the desire, can cultivate their mind.

As Hogarth said when his book was first published in 1753, its purpose is to determine that which does or does not constitute taste and beauty. In doing so, it not only provides essential information to those with a specific interest in the arts, but also elevates the mind and extends the capacity for enjoyment and pleasure of the general reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSIGHTS ON BEAUTY, 24 July 2013
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B. G. Strand "strandbg" (England) - See all my reviews
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Hogarth's purpose in writing this learned tome was to determine that which constitutes beauty and grace in certain forms, and to consider the nature of lines; that the idea of taste (as expressed in fluctuating styles) be true to the principles governing beauty.In so doing Hogarth proves he was not just a painter and artist of much repute but also of an intellectual bent being able to discuss the technique of his profession (with helpful illustrations) in an easy to read manner(a rare feat comparable to Matisse essays 150 years later).A must read for all serious students of art, painting and drawing with many insights from an acknowledged master of these crafts.
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