Theories of Art: From Impressionism to Kandinsky, Volume 3

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Art - 400 pages
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In this volume, the third in his classic series on art theory, Moshe Barasch traces the hidden patterns and interlocking themes in the study of art, from impressionism to abstract art. Barasch details the immense social changes in the creation, presentation, and reception of art which have set the history of art theory on a vertiginous new course; the decreased relevance of workshops and art schools; the replacement of the treatise by the critical review; and the emerging interrelationship between scientific inquiry and artistic theory. The consequent changes in the ways in which critics as well as artists conceptualized paintings and sculptures were radical, marked by an obsession with intense sensory experiences, psychological reflection on the effects of art, and an attraction to the exotic and alien--making for the most exciting and fertile period in the history of art criticism.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Impressionism
9
Introduction The Crisis of Realism
11
Aesthetic Culture in the Literature of the Time
13
Impressionism and the Philosophical Culture of the Time
24
Impressionism Reflections on Style
45
The Fragment as Art Form
69
Empathy
79
Wilhelm Worringer Abstraction and Empathy
171
Introduction Conditions of Modern Primitivism
191
The Beginnings of Scholarly Study Gottfried Semper
199
Discovering Prehistoric Art Early Questions and Explanations
210
Understanding Distant Cultures The Case of Egypt
243
Gauguin
262
African Art
272
Abstract Art Origins and Sources
293

Introduction An Empathy Tradition in the Theory of Art
81
Gustav Fechner
84
Charles Darwin The Science of Expression
93
Robert Vischer
99
Empathy Toward a Definition
109
Wilhelm Dilthey
116
Conrad Fiedler
122
Adolf Hildebrand
133
Alois Riegl
143
The Subject Matter of Abstract Painting
309
Color
320
Line
341
Composition and Harmony
352
Bibliographical Essay
371
Name Index
383
Subject Index
386
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About the author (2000)

Moshe Barasch is Jack Cotton Professor of Architecture and Fine Arts at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of numerous books on art, including The Language of Art: Studies in Interpretation (1997) and Icon: Studies in the History of an Idea (1995).

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