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  1. The Philosophy of Art • Saint Thomas Aquinas defined the beautiful as that which, being seen, pleases: • id quod visum placet.

  2. Consider the following paintings. Do you think they are beautiful?

  3. TH I S ONE? (A)

  4. Or, THIS ONE? (B)

  5. If you picked A, you picked a master. If you picked B, you picked an amateur who likes the master.

  6. This one? (A) or,

  7. This one? (B)

  8. If you picked B, you picked a master (Slava Brodinsky). A is a copy of B. You should be able to see the difference in quality.

  9. This one? (A) Or,

  10. T H I S O N E ? B

  11. If you picked A, you picked August Macke, a German Impressionist. B is the work of an amateur.

  12. A? Or,

  13. B?

  14. Again, A is one of the Group of Seven, B is an amateur.

  15. A?

  16. B?

  17. A is the work of an amateur, a composer who took up painting. B is a Franz Marc.

  18. This one? A…or, B the next one?

  19. A is the August Macke, B is a copy of it.

  20. Mt. Lefroy as is:

  21. Mt. Lefroy from the mind of Lawren Harris