Aesthetics and Painting

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Aesthetics and Painting introduces and opens up current debates and ideas in the aesthetics of painting. At the book's center is an investigation of the complex relationship between what a painting depicts and the means by which it is depicted. The book looks at: how and why painting may be distinguished from other art forms; the relationship between the painted surface and the depicted subject; the "rules of representation" specific to painting; abstract art and nonrepresentational painting; the most recent ...

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Overview

Aesthetics and Painting introduces and opens up current debates and ideas in the aesthetics of painting. At the book's center is an investigation of the complex relationship between what a painting depicts and the means by which it is depicted. The book looks at: how and why painting may be distinguished from other art forms; the relationship between the painted surface and the depicted subject; the "rules of representation" specific to painting; abstract art and nonrepresentational painting; the most recent technological and aesthetic developments and their implications; the role of the artist—and that of the spectator. A sophisticated treatment of major ideas in art and philosophy, Aesthetics and Painting remains highly readable throughout, offering a clear and coherent account of the nature of painting as an art form.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826485212
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Series: Continuum Aesthetics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,388,059
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Jason Gaiger is Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Oxford, UK. His publications include Frameworks for Modern Art (Yale, 2004), an English edition of Herder's Sculpture (Chicago, 2002) and, as co-editor, Art in Theory: 1815-1900 and Art in Theory: 1648-1815 (Blackwell,1998 and 2000).
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Table of Contents

1. Painting and Philosophy
2. A Window onto the World
3. Surface and Subject
4. Resemblance and Denotation
5. Pictorial Style
6. Modernism and the Avant-Garde Bibliography Index

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