Eugene Véron, the great French aesthetician of the second half of the 19th century, appears among such thinkers of the time as A. Comte, H. Taine, J. M. Guyau or G. Séailles. His work reflects 19th-century tendencies and expresses original aesthetic and philosophical ideas based, among other things, on the positive thought of Comte. His views stand in opposition to the strict rules of academism and at the same time they promote new tendencies in art that include the influence of science on artistic creativity. His expressive theory of art inspired many non-French philosophers, aestheticians, and art critics, such as L. Tolstoy, B. Croce, and B. Prus. Not many remember him at present. His work is a forgotten episode of the contemporary aesthetics which is worth recalling to Polish readers.
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