Aesthetic Realism Consultant Nancy Huntting

Nancy Huntting
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!

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. It was then that 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.

There are many books you can read, including Self and World by Eli Siegel. And there's the international journal The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known. I quote from the commentary to the recent issue, "Music Is about Your Life":

"People are longing for criticism, the real thing. Every person, of course, has a seemingly insatiable desire for praise: to be told we’re wonderful, in excelsis, just as we are. Yet we know, even as we’re not clear about it, that there are things we dislike in ourselves, that are bad, that hold us back. We’re aching to hear from another where we need to be better, so that we can be better and meet our own hopes....The criticism people hunger for is criticism that has simultaneously good will and knowledge. That was Eli Siegel’s criticism always and mightily. And it exists in the education of Aesthetic Realism." 
Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, TRO #1937

Some of the talks I've presented at seminars are listed to the left.
My art talks are also there, from the great Terrain Gallery's series "Art Answers the Questions of Your Life." And there's more, too, on my Site Map.

I'm proud to have spoken with my colleagues at a public seminar on the subject "How Can Selfishness & Generosity Make Sense in a Woman's Life?" and used the classic novel Manon Lescaut. The education I'm receiving is what women are yearning for!

Aesthetic Realism Foundation
  |   Terrain Gallery of the Aesthetic Realism Fdn.

Background image:  Claude Monet, "Cliff at Grainval"
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