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Toward a Psychology of Art


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Introduction I. KEYNOTES Form and the Consumer Agenda for the Psychology of Art II. THE SENSE OF SIGHT Perceptual Abstraction and Art The Gestalt Theory of Expression Perceptual and Aesthetic Aspects of the Movement Response Perceptual Analysis of a Rorschach Card A Review of Proportion III. THE VISIBLE WORLD Order and Complexity in Landscape Design The Myth of the Bleating Lamb Art History and the Partial God Accident and the Necessity of Art Melancholy Unshaped From Function to Expression IV. SYMBOLS Artistic Symbols--Freudian and Otherwise Perceptual Analysis of a Symbol of Interaction Four Analyses: The Holes of Henry Moore A Note on Monsters Picasso's "Nightfishing at Antibes" Concerning the Dance Abstract Language and the Metaphor V. GENERALITIES On Inspiration Contemplation and Creativity Emotion and Feeling in Psychology and Art The Robin and the Saint VI. TO TEACHERS AND ARTISTS What Kind of Psychology? Is Modern Art Necessary? The Form We Seek Index

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Rudolf Arnheim is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. For many years he was a member of the Psychology Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, and he spent his last ten academic years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he now lives.

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