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To see is to think : looking at American art

Author: Joshua C Taylor; National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1975.
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To look at a work of art is to think. In encountering a work of art, the first question should not be about how the work can be described in someone else's language or be fitted into a preexisting order, but about how differently the mind works because of the encounter. The viewer should first question himself, not the expert. Sometimes specific historical information about the original content of the work is  Read more...
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Taylor, Joshua Charles, 1917-1981.
To see is to think.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1975
(OCoLC)557698373
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua C Taylor; National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)
ISBN: 0874741769 9780874741766
OCLC Number: 1137930
Notes: "The brief discussions are based for the most part on works to be seen in the galleries of the National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C."
Description: 117 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: How do you know it's a portrait? --
Why paint a landscape? --
To tell a story --
Persuasion --
The pure and the impure.
Responsibility: Joshua C. Taylor.
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To look at a work of art is to think. In encountering a work of art, the first question should not be about how the work can be described in someone else's language or be fitted into a preexisting order, but about how differently the mind works because of the encounter. The viewer should first question himself, not the expert. Sometimes specific historical information about the original content of the work is necessary in order to penetrate beyond the limits of our own perception, but schemes and external situations, fascinating as they are, can never substitute for the direct intercourse between the viewer and the work of art. It is with that relationships these essays are concerned. -- From preface.

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