IN the science of art many hypotheses have been advanced as to the order in which the different artforms have made their appearance. We do not intend to bring forward any new arguments on this muchdebated question. Even if our knowledge of prehistoric man were so complete and trustworthy as to entitle us to draw any conclusions as to the earliest stages in art-development, such an appeal to history would in the present connection constitute a grave confusion of standpoints. As long as we are occupied with that abstract datum, the purely artistic activity, we cannot possibly find any support for our reasoning in existing works of art, concerning which the question may always be raised whether the motive was or was not a purely autotelic art-impulse. We shall therefore in the following pages entirely ignore the question of historical sequence and restrict our attention to the various degrees of theoretical priority. Starting from the interpretation of artistic activity which was postulated, but not yet proved, in the preceding chapter, we shall consider those art-forms as most primordial which stand in the closest connection with the expression of feeling. By comparing those manifestations of art-
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Publication information: Book title: Origins of Art:A Psychological & Sociological Inquiry. Contributors: Yrjö J. Hirn - Author. Publisher: Macmillan and Co. Limited. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1900. Page number: 86.