Origins of Art: A Psychological & Sociological Inquiry

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CHAPTER XVIII
ART AND WORK

IN our treatment of erotic art we have been led far away from the connection between art and the maintenance of species. Whatever the case may be for animals and those primitive men whose sexual life is restricted within a short and fixed pairing season, an artificial stimulation of the erotic feelings is no biological requirement for the existing tribes of man. Where art has mainly served this purpose, it has not, as has been shown, by any means exercised a beneficial influence on the race. The most typical illustrations in the last chapter were therefore found in the artistic productions of degenerate tribes which no doubt would, if brought into conflict with less licentious neighbours, prove inferior in the struggle for existence. And all these instances afford invaluable arguments to those philosophers who consider art as a checking and weakening factor in progress.

It is hoped, however, that the present chapter will contribute towards the refutation of such one-sided views. We intend to adduce instances from various stages of culture which will bring out the importance of art as a favouring factor in the struggle for life.

It is evident that a pantomimic imitation of any activity must, as exercise and stimulation, facilitate the

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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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