Sunday, December 13, 2009

Is there any universal beauty or is all beauty in the eye of the beholder?

Just curious.Is there any universal beauty or is all beauty in the eye of the beholder?
I always believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder :)Is there any universal beauty or is all beauty in the eye of the beholder?
Beauty, like life, is what you make it to be...If you think a thing is beautiful, then it is....someone else may not like the same things.
It's really very simple.

If beauty were ONLY in the eye of the beholder, there would be no such thing as a masterpiece that was generally hailed as such. It would be impossible to collect art in such a way that most people would appreciate what you have collected. Because there would be no consistent standard. Everyone would like different things.

So all you have to do is ask yourself if this is so. Is there anything that is a consistent masterpiece? Do art museums exist? There is your answer.
You're supposing it must be either or. Beauty may not be universal, but at the same time not subjective either (In the eye...). Aristotle believed that Beauty was objective, but there is no universal beauty, no essential nature ot it. I believe he, or maybe Aquinas, said that no particular thing is beautiful in the same way--each thing that is beautiful is beautifully uniquely, but also objectively beautiful.
There are aspects that are considered beautiful almost worldwide, because they are associated with health and fertility, it's biological and natural to be drawn to them. However, there is a great poetic extent to which beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Well buddy, the next time you see Gary? Inform him.

I am a professional artist and I can tell you that beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. Ones personal tastes are in the eye of the beholder but beauty is a learnt and taught subject.

If it wasn't what the hell are we doing with the museums, galleries, and art schools?

I hate it when people state ';beauty is in the eye of the beholder'; It is such an ignorant lie. It is also insulting to the men and women who actually spent thousands upon thousands of dollars just to get the basic education in the arts and then spend decades working our trade only to have some Joe on the floor of a Coca-Cola factory tell us what beauty is!!! It's galling.
everyone looks at things different so beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I think the concepts of symmetry, simplicity, and size that draws the eyes closer to an object. Cartoons, smiley faces or emoticons are very attractive whereas something like an abstract expressionist painting by Jackson Pollack requires a lot of work to view. I think as a society we're predictable concerning beauty statistically, but psychologically it's all apples and oranges.
bit of both... is all to do with symmetry and patterns that are pleasing... there are some universal qualities but they have individual spins and perceptions...

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