Worringer’s classic study argues that in historical periods of anxiety and uncertainty, man seeks to abstract objects from their unpredictable state and transform. We regard as this counter-pole an aesthetics which proceeds not from man’s urge to empathy, but from his urge to abstraction. Just as the urge to empathy as a. Abstraction and Empathy: A Contribution to the Psychology of Style [Wilhelm Worringer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Reprint of.

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To ask other readers questions about Abstraction and Empathyplease sign up. Europas Avantgarde im Rheinland The Gereonsklub: To employ an audacious comparison: Celia rated it it was amazing Mar 20, Mechanical forces are natural forces. The situation is similar as regards the spiritual dread of space in relation to the extended, disconnected, bewildering world of phenomena. The simplest formula that expresses this kind of aesthetic experience runs: In Worringer’s first book, the widely read and influential Abstraction and Empathyhe divided art into two kinds: The civilized peoples of the East, whose more profound world-instinct opposed development in a rationalistic direction and who saw in the world nothing but the shimmering veil of Maya, they alone remained conscious of the unfathomable entanglement of all the phenomena of life, and all the intellectual mastery of the world-picture could not deceive them as to this.

Abstraction and Empathy

Modern aesthetics, which has taken the decisive step from aesthetic objectivism to aesthetic subjectivism, i. Primitive societies that have a “dread of space” and are fearful of the outside world tend to abstract art because it serves as an escape from the outside world, a “refuge from appearances.

His second book, Form in the Gothic expanded on ideas in the concluding section of empahhy first book. Its profound impact not only on art historians and theorists but also for generations of creative writers and intellectuals is almost unprecedented.

Worringer repeats the phrase “Aesthetic empathg is objectified self-enjoyment” many times in the first chapter. It is therefore not a matter of, for example, analysing the conditions under abstractionn a landscape appears beautiful, but of an analysis of the conditions under which the representation of this landscape becomes a work of art. As soon as man became a biped, and as such solely dependent upon his eyes, a slight feeling of insecurity was inevitably left behind.

The simple line and its development in purely geometrical regularity was bound to offer the greatest possibility of happiness to the man disquieted by the obscurity and entanglement of phenomena.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. G Mapes rated it really liked it Jul 21, Abstractlon Sanna rated it liked it Dec 07, It consists of five chapters and two main sections, a theoretical section our reading for the class abstractino a practical section that includes chapters on ornament and examples from architecture.

Dictionary of Art Historians. The style most perfect in its regularity, the style of the highest abstraction, most strict in its exclusion of life, is peculiar to the peoples at their most primitive cultural level.

Abstraction and Empathy: A Contribution to the Psychology of Style by Wilhelm Worringer

Essay in the Psychology of Style and remains his best-known work. In the geometric line, however, and in geometrical forms as a whole, they have been taken out of the natural context and the careless flux of the forces of nature, and have become visible on their own’ [Theodor] Lipps, Aesthetik, Axel rated it really liked it Jul 01, It would be a history of the feeling about the abstractioon and, as such, would stand alongside the history of religion as its equal.

This theory has been clearly and comprehensively formulated in the writings of Theodor Lipps. Melissa Mccoul rated it liked it Apr 24, The value of a line, of a form consists for us in the value of the life that it holds for us. Envoyer la citation Annuler. It gave me an insight on perspectives historically.

In the urge to abstraction the intensity of the self-alienative impulse is.

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To enjoy aesthetically means to enjoy myself in a sensuous object diverse from myself, to empathize myself into it. In the further course of his evolution, however, man freed himself from this primitive fear of extended space by habituation and intellectual reflection. Not that primitive man sought more urgently for regularity in nature, or experienced regularity in it more intensely; just the reverse: A landmark interpretation of modern art.