This is not to deny that individuals can use art works as aesthetic objects intelligently or stupidly. It would, for example, be silly for someone to attend to art works with no other intention than of satisfying only one kind of pleasurable impulse. Fortunately, most of us learn from our experiences of life by threading into each new experience something of previous experiences of a similar kind. So it is that when we have a 'moving', 'joyous' or merely 'pleasurable' experience of art works, we tend to use that experience in a way that will enhance and intensify the pleasure we gain from our subsequent encounters with them. In other words, it is perfectly appropriate to say, 'I don't know much about art but I know what I like' if that amounts to what we do when we seek out art works that give us pleasure and when we thread the pleasurable experiences of our past encounters with art works into each new one. People who approach art in this way may not increase their knowledge of art works as art works, but there is no question that they take an intelligent approach to the quest for an enhancement of the pleasure to be gained from art works, and that, in doing so, they are acquiring knowledge of how to attend to art works aesthetically.
Cartoon by Ronald Searle.