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What is a word for the beauty felt or seen in depressing or tragic artworks?

  • Posted on August 16, 2009 at 9:29 pm

What is a word for the beauty felt or seen in depressing or tragic artworks?
I am writing an example of a proposal/artist statement. The sculpture I am writing about is my own, it has a tragic theme but at the same time beautiful… How can I describe this? Are there a couple words that could sum up the beauty in tragedy? Or the beauty in chaos? The beauty in sadness? Something along those lines…

Thanks!

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Answer by light_strikes_a_deal
Abject. Please refer to Julia Kristeva’s book The Horror of Abjection.

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