Artistic Style as the Expression of Artistic Ideals

Wednesday 02 October 2019, 16:00-18:00

Senate House, Room G34


Paper is co-authored with Nick Riggle. What is individual artistic style? In the literature we find basically one answer to this question: the influential view that artistic style is the expression of personality. In what follows we elaborate upon and evaluatively compare the two most plausible versions of this view with a new proposal—that style is the expression of the artist’s ideals for her art. The means of elaboration and comparison will be each view’s answer to certain basic questions we think a theory of individual artistic style should address. We argue that our new proposal is a workable theory of individual style and suggest that it fares better on the whole than both versions of the influential and widely accepted view.