Thinking like an artist: Hogarth, diderot, and the aesthetics of technique

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In The Analysis of Beauty, William Hogarth advocated an unusual kind of formalism based in artistic practice: not form distilled into a rule for judgment but rather derived from the artist's techniques for perception and composition. Denis Diderot, too, embraced an aesthetics of technique, particularly in the Paradoxe sur le comédien, in which he contends that what appears impassioned in an affecting dramatic performance is in fact calculated. Diderot, however, had the extra burden of reconciling the ideal of illusion with his demystification of the practitioner's perspective, a reconciliation he could only conceive as a paradox.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-570
Number of pages16
JournalEighteenth-Century Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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