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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-1996.
Theory and philosophy of art.
New York : George Braziller, 1994
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|ISBN:||0807613568 9780807613566 0807613576 9780807613573|
|Description:||vii, 253 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||On some problems in the semiotics of visual art: field and vehicle in image-signs --
On perfection, coherence, and unity of form and content --
Style (with bibliography) --
Eugène Fromentin as critic --
Still life as a personal object-a note on Heidegger and van Gogh --
Further notes on Heidegger and van Gogh --
Freud and Leonardo: an art historical study --
Further notes on Freud and Leonardo --
Diderot on the artist and society --
Mr. Berenson's values --
On the relation of patron and artist: comments on a proposed model for the scientist.
Schapiro's highly lucid arguments, graceful prose, and extraordinary erudition guide readers through a rich variety of fields and issues: the roles in society of the artist and art, of the critic and criticism; the relationships between patron and artist, psychoanalysis and art, and philosophy and art.
Adapting critical methods from such wide-ranging fields as anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, biology, and other sciences, Schapiro appraises fundamental semantic terms such as "organic style," "pictorial style", "field and vehicle," and "form and content"; he elucidates eclipsed intent in a well-known text by Freud on Leonardo da Vinci, in another by Heidegger on Vincent van Gogh.
He reflects on the critical methodology of Bernard Berenson, and on the social philosophy of art in the writings of both Diderot and the nineteenth century French artist/historian Eugene Fromentin. Throughout all of his writings, Meyer Schapiro provides us with a means of ordering our past that is reasoned and passionate, methodical and inventive. In so doing, he revitalizes our faith in the unsurpassed importance of both critical thinking and creative independence.