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Critical Dilation: How William Hazlitt Judged Paintings

2015

Abstract

For William Hazlitt paintings become politically charged when their self-contained worlds make us aware of our creative potential for renewing our own. This essay examines the contradictions between Hazlitt’s radical politics and his opposition to the mass appreciation of art, compares his writings on aesthetic experience to those of his contemporary Karl Marx, and unpacks the critic’s enigmatic thoughts on J.M.W. Turner and the possibilities of painting.

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