Preference for the Primitive Episodes in the History of Western Taste and Art

ISBN-10: 0714846325
ISBN-13: 9780714846323
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
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Description: - Professor Gombrich's last book and first narrative book in over 20 years - Studies the idea that older and less sophisticated (i.e. 'primitive') artworks are somehow morally and aesthetically superior to later works that have become soft and  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Phaidon Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

- Professor Gombrich's last book and first narrative book in over 20 years - Studies the idea that older and less sophisticated (i.e. 'primitive') artworks are somehow morally and aesthetically superior to later works that have become soft and decadent - Takes a long view of the subject, finding the theme expressed in key documents in Classical Antiquity, resuming the debate in the 18th century, and culminating in an examination of the radical expressions of primitivism in modern times - Summing up more than 40 years of study and reflection on this theme, the book presents a closely argued narrative supported by extensive quotations that document with precision the role of authors, critics and artists in shaping and changing opinion - Important both as a personal testament and as a documentary anthology, this long-awaited book fittingly provides a deep and revealing insight into the history and psychology of taste

Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, born March 30, 1909, in Vienna, Austria, was educated at Vienna University where he earned a Ph.D. His career includes terms as Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Oxford and Cambridge universities and as Andrew D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University. Gombrich's books on art and art history have sold as well as some works of fiction. One of his most popular titles is The Story of Art, which has been translated into 18 languages and sold more than two million copies. Other titles are; Looking for Answers: Conversations on Art and Science (with Didier Eribon), Shadows: The Depiction of Cast Shadows in Western Art, and Gombrich on Art and Psychology. His numerous awards include the Erasmus Prize in 1975, the Hegel Prize in 1976, and the International Balzan Prize in 1985. He holds honorary degrees from various universities, among them Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard, and from the Royal College of Art (London), 1981.

Preface
Plato's Preferences
Interlude - Progress or Decline?
The Ascendancy of the Sublime
The Pre-Raphaelite Ideal
The Quest for Spirituality
The Emancipation of Formal Values
Interlude - New Worlds and New Myths
The Twentieth Century
The Lure of Regression (1)
The Lure of Regression (2)
Primitive - in what Sense?
The Study of Antiquities
Notes
Index
Photographic Credits

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