Art Pushes the Meaning of Beauty

Alexis Shaffer, Contributing Writer

The term beauty — when referring to art — is an interaction between line, color, form, texture, motion, shape and size that is pleasant to the eye. Beauty has traditionally been counted among the ultimate values. But what makes art beautiful?

The relationship between the mind and the emotions, which is where the sense of beauty comes from, is called aesthetics. Aesthetics are central to any exploration of art. An aesthetic experience of beauty is commonly referred to as human truth, due to the judgment of a certain subject.

Using the word beauty to define art is controversial because it can seem like inaccurate language. Beauty is taken in so many ways. Is beauty just an emotional stimulation that an object gives a person? When looking at art, the emotional force created by the subject is love — which transformed into beauty.

Philosophers call the reaction to an appealing object an aesthetic response that will vary from person to person. Each individual often has a different idea about what kind of art is beautiful. Some people respond to subjects that use specific combinations of lines, shape, and color, while others believe artwork should be a pleasurable experience.

To give a viewer a visual experience that is aesthetical pleasing, the artist has to push the limits. If artists know that they can make something perfect every time, it could become boring.

The viewer needs to be pushed — the memory must be overwhelmed — to make an impact or a difference. Something will “stick” with the viewer when it emotionally impacts him or her and they experience beauty.