Thread: RE: Elegance
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:59 PM   #6
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Re: Elegance

Nice response, Szczepan. I prefer this language to other writings you have made.

Opinions will always vary as to the definition and application of the word "elegance". This is as it should be, since we all are blessed to varying degrees with the sensibility to discern differences in presentation. And it is in presentation itself that we find a home for the word elegance. To me, elegance can be compared to the frosting on the cake, but never the cake itself. It is much about the old dichotomy of "style" vs. "substance". So, if you can appreciate "elegance" in the works of the masters you reference, kudos to your sense of "style". Perhaps for others, it is the very meat of "substance" that is the real appeal, and the fundamental value to treasure.
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