“The Analysis of Beauty” – the line of beauty

The Analysis of Beauty plate 1

I came across with a book by the English painter, William Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty, published in 1753, where he emotes whats beauty. Hogarth had one big theory and that was, beauty came from variety and it came from curved lines, not straight. His basic premises is that beautiful things have a inner undulation, a variety, a sense of grace.

And i must agree to a certain point, curved lines are beautiful. But wait, what about straight line?  Someone needs to stick up for straight lines. This is mere someones opinion, and you ask yourself; but whats beauty? I had a look at the dictionary for pure curiosity to find out what the word beauty meant.

Beauty (noun-plural: beauties): A combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight”

Beautiful (adjective): Pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically”

We, as humans find different things beautiful and different people have different ideologies of beauty. I personally find repetition of lines, shapes, forms and objects beautiful. And this is just my own opinion. And there might be someone in a few years commenting, “Toni De Jesus says that beauty is found in repetition, Whaatt? Howw?”.

I aesthetically enjoy how my mind views images or objects with an element of repetition, geometry, shape. Usually these are found in nature, natural forms,the microscopic world but also in architecture and manmade structures.

Somehow i would like to start bringing these ideas and sense of repetition, geometry and form to my own work. And in my own view a sense of beauty.


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BA (Hons) Final Year Ceramics student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Love experimenting with material and techniques and work on a range of medium.

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