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The pensive image. Art as a form of thinking.

Author: Hanneke Grootenboer
Publisher: Chicago : Philosophy of Science Association 2021.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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While the philosophical dimension of painting has long been discussed, a clear case for painting as a form of visual thinking has yet to be made. Traditionally, vanitas still life paintings are considered to raise ontological issues while landscapes direct the mind towards introspection. Grootenboer moves beyond these considerations to focus on what remains unspoken in painting, the implicit and inexpressible that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hanneke Grootenboer
ISBN: 9780226717951 022671795X
OCLC Number: 1263758230
Description: 240 p.
Contents: Art as a Form of Thinking Part I | Defining the Pensive Image Chapter 1 | Theorizing Stillness Chapter 2 | Tracing the Denkbild Part II | Painting as Philosophical Reflection Chapter 3 | Room for Reflection: Interior and Interiority Chapter 4 | The Profundity of Still Life Chapter 5 |Painting as a Space for Thought Painting's Wonder Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Hanneke Grootenboer.

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While the philosophical dimension of painting has long been discussed, a clear case for painting as a form of visual thinking has yet to be made. Traditionally, vanitas still life paintings are considered to raise ontological issues while landscapes direct the mind towards introspection. Grootenboer moves beyond these considerations to focus on what remains unspoken in painting, the implicit and inexpressible that manifests in a quality she calls pensiveness. Different from self-aware or actively desiring images, pensive images are speculative, pointing beyond interpretation. An alternative pictorial category, pensive images stir us away from interpretation and toward a state of suspension where thinking through and with the image can start. In fluid prose, Grootenboer explores various modalities of visual thinking-- as the location where thought should be found, as a refuge enabling reflection, and as an encounter that provokes thought. Through these considerations, she demonstrates that art works serve as models for thought as much as they act as instruments through which thinking can take place. Starting from the premise that painting is itself a type of thinking, The Pensive Image argues that art is capable of forming thoughts and shaping concepts in visual terms.

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"[An] invigorating book." * Apollo * "Grootenboer's book provides an accessible, clear, and innovating means of thinking about being by revealing a new philosophical subject: artworks." * Read more...

 
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