Art in Human Affairs: An Introduction to the Psychology of Art

Art in Human Affairs: An Introduction to the Psychology of Art

Art in Human Affairs: An Introduction to the Psychology of Art

Art in Human Affairs: An Introduction to the Psychology of Art

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This volume was prepared with two purposes in mind: first, to set forth a viewpoint holding that art has too long been regarded in a narrow and limited perspective, as though it embraced chiefly those products of man now reposing in museums or visible in his edifices; and, second, to present a consistent and simplified view of the nature of art, its creation, and its significance in the affairs of man, based partly upon a decade of research and partly upon the author's own study from his special vantage point of social and art psychologist and 'occasional' painter.

To accomplish these objectives the author took into consideration findings of cultural anthropology, ethnology, sociology, economic history, social institutions, social psychology, art psychology, archaeology, aesthetics, and art education. Although no one will expect more than a fair acquaintance with some of these fields of knowledge, such contacts are essential to the attainment of that world and time perspective through which alone the real function of art in the life of man may be envisaged at all. Fine distinctions between what is art and what is not art are not even entertained. Comparative evaluations are not made. Datings are of little concern, and Great Periods have no more attention than remote or recent developments.

The primary concern in this volume is to see art not as a thing apart, but as an activity integral with the development of man's cultural existence. Not only is it possible to view art itself in a long-range time perspective, through which its nature and . . .

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