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Nonutilitarian Pleasure

Art is enjoyed purely for its own sake. No other purpose than pleasure is required.

Thomas Cole landscape painting

Did you know that worldwide landscapes are the most popular form of painting? On the left is an example by the American painter Thomas Cole, who said he painted solely for the pleasure of the eye and soul.

Barbara Hepworth sculpture

This nonobjective work on the right by British artist Bridget Riley is an example of abstract art. Abstract art does not seek to depict objects as they are in the natural world, but to use forms in a non-representational way.

Bridget Riley painting

Nothing could seem more "useless" as abstract sculpture. Barbara Hepworth was one of the first abstract sculptors in England. Her work is an interpretation of what she sees in the natural world. Can you appreciate shapes and materials?

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