What Is Art?

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Sprache - Englisch

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Leo Tolstoy's 'What Is Art?' traverses the philosophical inquiry into the essence of art and its role in society. With a forensically analytical style, Tolstoy laces his arguments with a moral fervor, questioning established notions and seeking a definition that embraces the intrinsic value of true artistic expression. The literary context of this work is entrenched in the late 19th-century dialogue about art for art's sake, challenging the aesthetic theories of the time. His treatise goes beyond art criticism to become a profound reflection on the intersection of art, morality, and truth, enriched by his own experiences and the cultural milieu of his era.

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, known as Leo Tolstoy, was not only a literary titan responsible for classics such as 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina', but also a deep thinker on ethics and spirituality. The creation of 'What Is Art?' stems from his existential crisis and subsequent spiritual awakening. His philosophies of non-violent resistance and personal truth greatly informed his views on art, leading him to pen this critical work that challenges the foundations of what society venerates as high culture.

Recommended for scholars, artists, and thinkers alike, 'What Is Art?' offers a radical perspective on the understanding of artistic merit and its impact on humanity. Tolstoy's assertive voice compels readers to not only appreciate art on a deeper level but to reconsider the societal values attached to it. This book is essential reading for anyone engaged in the exploration of cultural expression, ethics in art, and the profound question of art's true purpose and meaning.


About the Author

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, known to the English-speaking world as Leo Tolstoy, was one of the most acclaimed Russian writers, whose novels and moral philosophy left an indelible impact on literature and thought across the world. Born on September 9, 1828, in Tula Province, Russia, to an aristocratic family, Tolstoy's expansive body of work includes such monumental novels as 'War and Peace' (1869) and 'Anna Karenina' (1877), which not only probe the depths of human emotion but also explore the complex social fabric of Russian society during the 19th century. Tolstoy's literary style is distinguished by intricate character development and a profound understanding of human motivations, underpinned by his keen observation of social intricacies and individual psychologies. His narrative techniques often included a broad canvas that examined the minutiae of daily life, as well as larger, philosophical inquiries into existence and morality. In his later years, Tolstoy transitioned from fiction to more directly philosophical and social writings. In 'What Is Art?' (1897), Tolstoy confronts the very nature of art itself, proposing a framework for judging its value and effectiveness based on the criteria that true art must be intelligible and sincere, promoting the religious perception of goodness for its audience. His radical Christian anarchistic views found in works like 'The Kingdom of God Is Within You' (1894), influenced prominent figures such as Gandhi in nonviolent resistance. Tolstoy's literary masterpieces, his outspoken social activism, and his philosophical treatises continue to resonate, securing his legacy as a titan of literature and a keen observer of the human condition. He died on November 20, 1910, but his works remain a cornerstone of the literary canon.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 250 Pages

Filesize: 702.5 KB

ISBN: 8596547397250

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