Volltext: Physiological Aesthetics.

art proper begins. This final stage must be considered in a 
later chapter. 
We must remember that in all such questions as these 
concerning the intrinsic beauty of colours we should 
always take as our standard the simple sense of savages, 
children, and uneducated adults. In our own time men of 
culture, revolted by the preference vulgarly given to strong 
stimulants, prefer the more delicate tints, neutral colours, 
and pale or subdued primaries, to the staring dyes which 
they see around them. But with primitive man the case 
is different. Red and purple are to him novelties, and 
his coarser organisation is not easily fatigued by their 
efFects. Even in modern houses furnished with the most 
fastidious taste as to wall-paper and dado, carved oak 
and dainty coverings, it will be found that reds and 
yellows are far more conspicuous than in external nature. 
Nobody has yet succeeded in expelling them from his 
Under the present heading we may interpolate the 
pleasure derived from lustre ; that is, from the reflected 
light of polished surfaces. This pleasure is partly intel¬ 
lectual, and consists in a recognition of tactual smoothness 
in the lustrous object ; but it is also in part immediate, and 
is derived from the acute stimulation of total light. By 
means of lustre, blackness can be considerably relieved, and 
may even become an agreeable rest for the nerves by the 
side of the bright surface. Lustre also adds an extra beautv 
to white and to the brilliant analytic colours. In leaves and 
flowers this effect is generally obtained by immediate re-


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