The focus of this paper is on the intersection of Jean-Paul Sartre's existential philosophy concept of human being, his aesthetic theory and consequent art production. After a short outline of his conception of human existence the first part introduces Sartre's aesthetic views on art considered in two different and to a great extent antithetical forms: as an existential appeal to a situated freedom of man and on the other hand as a temporary escape from the real situation to the world of imagination. The purpose of the first part is to prove that this differentiation of arts, contrasting commited literature with poetry and all other kinds of imaginary art, is well-founded in the very principles of Sartre's existentialism and that the aesthetics becomes functional connection between his philosophy and art. The second part offers an interpretation of French thinker's concrete art work - short story The Wall - in the light of his own aesthetic conception. This work of art is shown as truly fulfilling and in certain aspects even getting over philosophical and aesthetic project of his author.
Sartre, aesthetics, art, existential philosophy, The Wall
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