Jose Ortega y Gasset: The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture, and Literature (Paperback – Revised Ed.); Edition on Lately writers have defined post-modernism in various ways, but they share in common the belief that the age of modernist art is over and that a. No work of Spanish philosopher and essayist Jose Ortega y Gasset has been more frequently cited, admired, or criticized than his defense of modernism, “The .

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Though the author by his own confession attempts to stay neutral and descriptive rather than prescriptive, the general tone of the writing remains almost ridiculously conservative. Near the end he goes on an interesting tangent on how much “modern” art was even then not that modern at all, for example abstract art in a sense being rather regressive in its attempt to “start from scratch”.

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Most people still prefer romanticism and realism over modernism. He is glad because he sees an object in itself gladdening. All other faculties keep us enclosed within the real, within what already is. This can be seen very clearly in music and poetry. Then there’s the ortrga view, which obscures the general topology of an object, but then visualizes the convexity and texture of the subject painted.

It is not a case of painting something totally distinct from a man or a house or a mountain, but of painting a man with the least possible resemblance to man; a house which conserves only what is strictly necessary to reveal its metamorphosis; a cone which has miraculously emerged from what was formerly a mountain.

Find it on Scholar. Write a customer review. Painters pay attention to the space, and start painting the space Velazquez in Las hilanderas, or Las meninas.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The first-born of democracy, it was treated by the masses with the greatest affection. Verticality and horizontality, rectilinearity, parallelism, stasis.

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Just as you are not your liver, be it sound or diseased, neither are you your memory, be it good or bad, nor your will, be it strong or weak, nor your intelligence, be it acute or dull. An object of ineffable importance would be designated by another name. The ideas about the ‘new art’ the author refers to apply to any art discipline theater, poetry, music, etc.

As the goal of vision towards which we direct our glance is the garden, we do not see the pane of glass and our gaze passes through it. Radical new forms and shapes which had separated themselves from strict depictions of reality presented the public with a new type of art, one which might have seemed to stem from another planet or even another universe, having nothing to do with the reality of human life on planet earth.

The unpopularity of modem art, however, is of a very distinct kind: Modern art, on the other hand, has the masses against it, and this will always be so since it is unpopular in essence; even more, it is anti- popular.

Seeing is action at a distance.

The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture and Literature

It is therefore understandable that the art of the nineteenth century should have been so popular, since it was appreciated by the majority in proportion to its not being art, but an extract from life. Feb 12, Londi rated it liked it. His was the art of sound. Dec 19, aaron rated it liked it. Paperbackpages. Then the basset disappears from our eyes, and all we see of it are some confused masses of colour which seem to adhere to the glass.

What a fine writer!

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Dehumanizafion neat verses the poet lets us share his private, bourgeois emotions: It is very easy to cry that art is always possible within the tradition.

Autumn Effect at Argenteuil, by Claude Monet. However, the problem with this book is the structure of the essays themselves: Gasset goes over primitive art as tthe focus on multiple objects, and it progressively becomes a canvas of various forms held together by a unifying motif, and then it progresses further into a unification of subject and space. Totalmente imprescindible si se quiere llegar a comprender el arte moderno.


On the other hand, the new artist apparently feels an affinity towards art more distant in time or space — the prehistoric the primitive and exotic. It would be interesting to find out whether, in modern art, on turning the metaphor gasswt substance and not ornament, the image has not acquired a orteya denigrating quality, which, instead of ennobling and enhancing, diminishes and disparages poor reality.

Maybe it’s the poetry of philosophy.

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But, on contemplating this same fact from another angle, we discover in it a contradictory aspect of loathing or disdain. Gerrig – – Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 47 3: But the modem artist invites us to contemplate an art that is a jest in itself.

This new, invented life to which no spontaneous response can be gained from previous experience, is precisely what artistic comprehension and enjoyment is about. Pages with related products. Thanks for telling us about the problem. We are indelibly that single programmatic personage who must be realized.

The time is approaching when society, from politics to art, will once more organize itself into two orders: Whether your gaseet in Dwhumanization art or poetry European or Americanthis book will help to elucidate important intellectual currents and better able you to challenge and explore many of the underlying philosophical and aesthetic constructs that influenced Ortega y Gasset’s “generation[s]”.

If you ask your own self, strictly and peremptorily, Who am I?