Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye / Edition 1

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Overview


"In The Ego and the Id Freud argued that a cogent thought process, to say nothing of conscious intellectual work, could not exist amidst the unruliness of visual experience. Over the last half century in a sequence of landmark books, Rudolf Arnheim has not only shown us how wrong that is, he has parsed the grammar of form with uncanny acuity and taught us how to read it."—Jonathan Fineberg, author of Art since 1940: Strategies of Being
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520243835
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition, Fiftieth Anniversary Printing
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 518
  • Sales rank: 321,350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Rudolf Arnheim is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. His books include Film as Art (California, 1957), Visual Thinking (1969), The Dynamics of Architectural Form (California, 1977), The Split and the Structure: Twenty-eight Essays (California, 1996).
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Table of Contents

I Balance 10
II Shape 42
III Form 96
IV Growth 162
V Space 218
VI Light 303
VII Color 330
VIII Movement 372
IX Dynamics 410
X Expression 444
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    Difficult, but essential As an artist, I find this book a must

    Difficult, but essential

    As an artist, I find this book a must read. It's difficult, but essential.

    It was pivotal in opening my mind to a multifaceted way of looking at visual organization, composition, and development. I also gained a strong vocabulary for talking and thinking about paintings from any chosen era- an invaluable skill for anyone who falls in love with a particular painting but doesn't know why or how to explain it to others. In the way that The Painter's Secret Geometry developed my appreciate for the classics, this book helped me understand Modern art.

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