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.

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 the commentary to "The Fight about Knowledge in Schools & Everywhere":

"The young people of our land are being asked to learn, to welcome knowledge. Yet they feel, whether they can state it clearly or not, that the adults who seem to tell them and others what to do, the adults who seem to be running things, do not like trying to know, to see, to understand . . . . How we see knowledge is not something that starts when we go to kindergarten and ends with our getting a diploma or doctorate. An attitude to knowledge takes in the way we meet anything. It’s about, for example, how deeply we want to understand another person."   Ellen Reiss,TRO #1962, September 20, 2017

Listed to the left are some of the talks I've presented
at public seminars and in the Terrain Gallery series "Art Answers the Questions of Your Life!" For instance, I spoke with my colleagues at a seminar on "How Can Selfishness & Generosity Make Sense in a Woman's Life?" using the classic novel Manon Lescaut.

The education I'm receiving is what women are yearning for!

Here's the beginning of a great lecture by Eli Siegel which makes sense of the subject of love as never before
with humor, kindness, unparalleled understanding. Along with other works by Mr. Siegel, it is studied in Aesthetic Realism consultations, public seminars, and dramatic presentations, and after centuries of confusion and pain, has made authentic love possible. It should be known and enjoyed the world over—and it will be. I am so grateful to know it:

Aesthetic Realism and Love

By Eli Siegel

The way Aesthetic Realism sees love is not the way that is common. It is not the way talked about by psychologists or counsellors or even clergy. Aesthetic Realism says that no one can be successfully in love until that person wants to love the world. The world is everything that isn’t oneself; and in the fullest sense, it includes oneself too. The reason happiness in marriage is such a rare item is that people have tried to love in a way that would mean less of a like for the world—in fact, a contempt for it.

Take a young lady now. She thinks she’s Something. Most girls do; they have a right to. The question is how they’re going to use that Something. Now, most girls are like most men: they think they’re surrounded by a world they need, but at the same time that world is oppressive. A girl, for instance, has undergone being “oppressed” by her mother and feels older people are in the business of telling her what to do. And she doesn’t like it.

Like everybody else, she wants to think that somewhere there’s ecstasy for her. Somewhere, instead of having her mother tell her what to do, she’s going to be a queen telling a young man what to do. And this young man will adore her. The young lady, whom we’ll call Madeleine, will feel: “With Rupert I’m the queen; everything goes my way. My mother looks like small potatoes. This young man I can bother whenever I want to. I look sulky and he shivers. I look at another man and he groans. I smile, bells ring. I yield to him a little, he has reached paradise.”

Making a World for Ourselves

Madeleine, however, is a fool. Many people have tried this way, which is a way of saying, “I can make a world for myself with Rupert. And in this world, we’re going to be two lovebirds on a rock—but I, of course, am going to be the big bird. On this rock we’re going to have an isolation, a heavenly isolation, where at times we can see other people, and which at times we can leave to see other people. But the big thing is, I am a queen. Other people—they’ll criticize me and just look on me as a human being; but Rupert thinks I’m an angel
....Read more 

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Background image:  Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, L’Allée Verte
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