Aesthetic and Artistic Evaluation, Part 1

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Title:Aesthetic and Artistic Evaluation, Part 1
Creators:
Dykast, Roman; aesthetics at ff dot cuni dot cz; Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, Czech Republic
Zich, Otakar; aesthetics at ff dot cuni dot cz
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 46, 2, pp. 179-201
Uncontrolled Keywords:Zich O., appreciation, aesthetic judgement, justification, aesthetic evaluation, value

Abstract

In this important article, first published in 1917, the Czech aesthetician, musicologist, and composer Otakar Zich (1879–1934) distinguishes between two kinds of evaluation of a work of art: aesthetic evaluation and artistic evaluation. He bases this differentiation on two possible attitudes that a perceiver may have towards a work of art. The first originates solely in the perceiver’s experience of the work and his or her search for a feeling of pleasure. It reflects only the subjective preferences of the individual; Zich terms the corresponding value ‘relative aesthetic value’. Above the relative value of an emotional effect there is an evaluation of a higher order, which consists in ‘comprehending’ a work of art. It is to this evaluation that artistic value corresponds. According to Zich, however, this objective value is grounded not in the work itself, but in the distinctive ‘personal value’ of the artist. In artistic evaluation, the work of art is therefore evaluated as a manifestation of strong artistic individuality.

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Title:Aesthetic and Artistic Evaluation, Part 1
Translated title:Aesthetic and Artistic Evaluation, Part 1
Creators:
Dykast, Roman; aesthetics at ff dot cuni dot cz; Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, Czech Republic
Zich, Otakar; aesthetics at ff dot cuni dot cz
Uncontrolled Keywords:Zich O., appreciation, aesthetic judgement, justification, aesthetic evaluation, value
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:46
Number:2
Page Range:pp. 179-201
ISSN:0014 –1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
ID Code:4684
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:24 Feb 2010 14:17
Last Modified:25 Feb 2010 13:08

Citation

Dykast, Roman; Zich, Otakar (2009) Aesthetic and Artistic Evaluation, Part 1. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 46 (2). pp. 179-201. ISSN 0014 –1291

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