Origins of Art: A Psychological & Sociological Inquiry

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CHAPTER VII

DEDUCTION OF ART-FORMS

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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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter I- The Problem Stated 1
  • Chapter II- The Art-Impulse 18
  • Chapter III- The Feeling-Tone of Sensation 30
  • Chapter IV- The Emotions 43
  • Chapter V- The Enjoyment of Pain 56
  • Chapter VI- Social Expressioin 72
  • Chapter VII 86
  • Chapter VIII- Art the Reliever 102
  • Chapter IX- The Work of Art 111
  • Chapter X- Objections and Answers 134
  • Chapter XI- The Concrete Origins of Art 143
  • Chapter XII- Art and Information 149
  • Chapter XIII- Historical Art 164
  • Chapter XIV- Animal Display 186
  • Chapter XV- Art and Sexual Selection 203
  • Chapter XVI- The Origins of Self-Decoration 214
  • Chapter XVII- Erotic Art 228
  • Chapter XVIII- Art and Work 249
  • Chapter XIX 261
  • Chapter XX- Art and Magic 278
  • Chapter XXI- Conclusions 298
  • Authorities Quoted 307
  • Index of Authors 323
  • Index of Subjects 328
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