Peter Kaltreider Tree of Life 2017 Oil on canvas
Is not macroeconomics the secret force behind cultural leanings of what is considered valuable and pleasurable and therefore the true source of what is considered beautiful? Isn’t the paragon of feminine beauty in an impoverished cultural generally well-fed, denoting her wealth, and aren’t the models of wealthy nations slender, showing their lifestyle of leisure and fitness? Don’t hard-working third world nations shun the exposure to the sun that comes from laboring in the fields, while rich nations aspire for a little color which boasts the health of those who are able to play at will outside of the grind of a 9 to 5?
I don’t know. It just occurred to me the other day that the general idea of physical beauty in a given culture does have roots in the economic situation and that this must have some influence on beauty in general.