Aesthetic Realism Consultant Nancy Huntting

Nancy Huntting along Hudson River NJ side
Nancy Huntting



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Selected Contents:

Intelligence in Love

Mistakes in Love

The Parthenon & Love

Generosity & Selfishness

Knowing Oneself

For & Against





Liking People

Pride & Prejudice


Our Hopes

On Cezanne

On Bruegel

And more. . .

Nancy Huntting on Rosalie c. 1963

Welcome to my website, where I'm glad to bring to people what I've learned from Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by the great American poet and critic Eli Siegel. I'm proud to have seen that Aesthetic Realism is true: it explains the human mind and the world we are in with new respect and scientific exactness. It enables individual men and women to be fully what they hope to be!

Here, for instance, is a video of an art talk from the historic Terrain Gallery series "Art Answers the Questions of Your Life" titled "What Can Art Teach Us about Love?; or, Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Carrie Wilson.

I grew up near Cincinnati, majored in Literature at Denison University and moved to New York City, where I worked for Newsweek magazine and later had an antique store. When I first attended an Aesthetic Realism public seminar, I was electrified by the honesty and scholarship of the speakers and what they were saying about art and life.

What Aesthetic Realism Is

I began to study these principles, stated by Eli Siegel, which are the basis of the philosophy Aesthetic Realism:

1.  The deepest desire of every person is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis.

2.  The greatest danger for a person is to have contempt for the world and what is in it....Contempt can be defined as the lessening of what is different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it.

3.  All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.

I recommend the book Self and World: An Explanation of Aesthetic Realism and many other works by Eli Siegel in the Online Library. And there's the international journal The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known edited by Ellen Reiss. I quote from her commentary to "The Aesthetics of Restlessness"  which begins to serialize a great lecture Eli Siegel gave on this subject:

"Take a woman who cannot concentrate on something important that she’s reading but must too often get up and look out the window, check her email, look for something on Ebay, wipe a countertop, text a friend, take a selfie with her dog, get something from the refrigerator. In her restlessness, she is dealing painfully, inaccurately, with opposites that are one in every instance of good music, motion and rest. The oneness of these opposites makes for beauty anywhere..."   Ellen Reiss,TRO #1993

Some talks I've presented
at public seminars and in the Terrain Gallery are listed to the left, and there's more on my site map. The education I'm receiving is what women are yearning for!

Hope & Fear As We Begin 2019

Here's a lecture given in 1949 that's thrilling and can give you authentic hope right now, no matter what is happening in Washington! Eli Siegel's lectures were scholarly, honest, and immensely kind. This is one of many great talks he gave on subjects that profoundly affect every human being.

Aesthetic Realism and Hope

By Eli Siegel

Most people don’t think that hoping is an exact thing. There is something corresponding to the manic-depressive state in every one of us: the person who changes from thinking he can do everything, to one who thinks he can’t do anything; a person who thinks he can cross the Pacific because he has a new way of flying, and then thinks that he can’t eat an egg because his stomach is made of glass. That is going pretty far; but there is a tendency to play around with the materials of the world—to fear them too much, and to think they are too much our own. The only way out of it is to think that there is a constant relation between the way things wholly and imaginatively are and what we want. If we want or hope for something and that something is based on the world other than as it is, then we think that the only way to be happy is to distort the world. If we think, on the other hand, that the world can be something to suit our hopes, because being itself can change, then our hopes are sensible.

I mean by hope, as I have said in Definitions, and Comment, pleasure now from the feeling that pleasure may be. Fear is pain now from the feeling that pain may be.

Hope  can be tremendously silly, and yet it is so very necessary. This was said by a young man, Owen Feltham, whose Resolves, Divine, Moral, and Political, published in 1628, seems to have brought solace to worried persons in the seventeenth century. Feltham’s essay “Of Hope” shows how hope, though necessary, can also be so hurtful:

Human life hath not a surer friend, nor many times a greater enemy, than hope. It is the miserable man’s god, which, in the hardest grip of calamity, never fails to yield him beams of comfort. It is the presumptuous man’s devil, which leads him awhile in a smooth way, and then makes him break his neck on the sudden …. How many would die, did not hope sustain them! How many have died, by hoping too much! This wonder we may find in hope; that she is both a flatterer and a true friend ….

One thing is clear: Feltham hasn’t made up his mind entirely about hope. Some people suddenly think their son is dead, or a child has been run over, or somebody is never going to come back—these fears can be very sudden. And likewise, hope can be very sudden....more

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