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Twentieth-Century Aesthetics

Anglo-American Aesthetics

Expression

A second main line of twentieth-century aesthetics identifies the chief goal of art as the expression of emotion, a feature that was only one facet of Dewey's notion of aesthetic experience. This theory is often thought of as an alternative to the idea that beauty is the essence of art, but at least in its early stages the successful expression of emotion in art was intended as an explanation of its beauty. This is evident in the 1892 History of Æsthetic by Bernard Bosanquet and in the 1902 work by Benedetto Croce, Estetica come scienze dell'espressione e linguistica generale (The aesthetic as the science of expression and of the linguistic in general). Bosanquet argued that art operates "through that expansion of self which comes in utterance," that is, that content acquires beauty by passing through the crucible of an individual sensibility...

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