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 "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

Listed to the left are some of the talks I've presented at public seminars, and a
rt talks in the Terrain Gallery series "Art Answers the Questions of Your Life!"

And there's more on my
Site Map. 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 is the beginning of a great lecture by Eli Siegel (he gave many, several are now online) in which he says: "The mind of woman and man is the same, but the way of its being shown is different"and he explains what he means. It has his incomparable, kind, new understanding of humanity. It is published in five issues of the periodical TRO: 

Poetry and Women

By Eli Siegel

Includes discussions of 16th-century poet Louise Labé, 17th-century Mary Chudleigh,
Caroline Norton (1808-77), Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Virginia Woolf.

 "We begin to serialize the historic lecture Poetry and Women, which Eli Siegel gave in 1949. So much in women’s lives has changed since then. Women now do just about everything men do. Yet though it is expected that girls play soccer, and female doctors and lawyers abound, and no one is surprised to see a woman wield a hammer, there is still a difference between woman and man. The question What is a woman? remains." —Ellen Reiss, from TRO #1525, "Woman Always and Now"

The history of woman and her mind is going on, and is not over. Deeply, woman's mind is more general and logical than man's is. This is shown most clearly in the fact that when anything abstract is to be pictured, some quality, it is usually a woman's figure that does the picturing. Hardly anybody would think of making the Statue of Liberty a man; or of Justice, which is supposed to represent logic, being a man. She may have her eyes darkened or blinded, but still she is a woman, Justice is. And earth is a woman; and it is "la logique" in French, and "la poésie." This means that there is something general that has to do with femininity. It happens women most often don't show that: they are not aware of themselves as generality looking for particularity.

That may seem high-sounding, but I mean by it that a woman represents a something unknown to herself, looking for particular expression, something concrete. She is something more general. And therefore she is different from a man, who can be seen as the particular looking for the general. The mind of woman and man is the same, but the way of its being shown is different, just as the Union Pacific Railroad is the same but the trip from the West Coast to the East, from San Francisco to New York, is different from the trip from New York to San Francisco....Read more 

Aesthetic Realism Foundation  |   Terrain Gallery of the Aesthetic Realism Fdn.
Aesthetic Realism Online Library  
|   The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known (periodical)

Background image:  Claude Monet, "Cliff at Grainval"
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