Beauty, the Ultimate Survivor
THE SOURCE: “The Attack on Beauty” by Robert Boyers, in Salmagundi, Spring 2011.
Beauty has never had an easy time, whether under scrutiny from suspicious Puritans or picky Renaissance critics, but the attack on beauty over the last century by modernist artists is the “most serious and sustained,” writes Salmagundi founding editor Robert Boyers. They “have dismissed all things relaxing, easy to take in and enjoy, and therefore inimical to the spirit of an art intended to be rigorous, difficult, unpopular. To be impressed by what passed for beauty was felt by many modernist writers and artists to be philistine.”