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Analysis of the essay "What is art? " by Clutton Brock

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Analysis of the essay "what is art " by clutton brock The essay "what is art" is taken form the volume "essays on life" by clutton brock and was first published in the form of an article in the 'times literary' supplement of january 1924. "everyone now is thinking or talking about the nature of art and aesthetic experience" .clutton-brock begins his essay by stating the popular subject of discussion. This subject ;the nature of art and of beauty is simultaneously confusing as well as thrilling .the problem about the nature of art and aesthetic sense is so confusing that it is hard to pin point what the actual problem really is. The only thing clear about it is that it is novel and new. Art, in the past was always considered inferior to what it reflected. Tolstoy in his book "what is art?" ,even though he himself saw the importance of art reduced art to an absurdity and valued it in terns of other things and not for it self. ...read more.


should value art, even when one finally discovers that art is to be valued for itself ,one is 'puzzled' by the discovery. The actual enjoyement of art comes form the experience of viewing art or experiencing art. This enjoyement should be spontaneous and felt in the moment. However most people try and experience art with a preconcieved notion as to how they should enjoy it. So in a way when people view art they do not feel the actual beauty of it but experience what they 'think' the beauty of art is . and in their minds there is always a conflict between what art really is and what they think it is. Paradoxically to enjoy art one must consciously 'not think' about art and if no effort is put one unconsciously begins to think about art. The baffling and interesting problem about the nature of art is that each individual while viewing art expects art to have an effect on one's behaviour . ...read more.


the individual.but as soon as the experience is over one's thoughts are bound again and one reverts to one's original way of thinking. Exactly due to this reason one again tends to be confused about the nature of art. What one is during the experience of art one was not before and will not be after. The artist himself would not be as he was while he was creating his work.. and thus himself falls into the trap of viewing art in terms of something else. He does not, he cannot reammeber that while he was creatin art he was free form all thing even from time. There fore if indeed one wants to truly realize ..as clutton brock say s it should be percieved through the nature of art. For it there were to be a heaven it would , give one the life one has now but without past , the future ,without necessity , without fear, without anxiety . and this is what art gives unto man ..endless freedom contained in a single moment. incnloic ...read more.

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