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!

Authentic Happiness: Is it Possible?

Yes, I have seen that authentic happiness is possible, even if you're apparently not succeeding in life, and even as there's tremendous injustice in America and elsewhere (As I say this, I also say to my fellow Americans who may be suffering from that injustice: BE SURE TO VOTE on TUESDAY, NOV 6.) I recommend this excerpt from a 1952 lecture by Eli Siegel:

Map to Happiness

By Eli Siegel

The first necessity in being able to get what we are after is to see what is already good that has come our way. Most people, because what they get is not what they think they are after, can’t appreciate what they do get. I think modesty is the beginning of wealth. Real self-criticism is the beginning of wealth. We don’t know what we want, and if something comes along that we want, we may not be able to see it. If we have the modesty to think that, then we are more after what we want in a way that will please us.

I have tried to show that in these simple, bare lines from Keats’s “La Belle Dame sans Merci” there is richness:

     O what can ail thee, Knight at arms,
      Alone and palely loitering?
      The sedge has withered from the Lake
      And no birds sing!

If people could get to the rhythm between simplicity and richness as we find it in art, there would be less complaining.

I say to persons: “In everything that has ever happened to you, there has been something you have wanted.” I say this without exception, only in some instances it is much harder to see....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: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, L'Allée Verte
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