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Art and Poetry by Jacques Maritain
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Art and Poetry

by Jacques Maritain

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This is a short book composed of three 'essays' (more like three themes). The first essay looks at three painters (Mark Chagall, Georges Rouault, and Gino Severini). The second essay is a series of notes discussing literature, critiquing Andre Gide's treatment of Dostoïevski. The third essay is the most theological. Maritian discusses creative intuition through the lens of music and philosophy.

I enjoyed this book and appreciate what I understood, which may be about a third of anything Maritain said. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
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Originally titled Fronti?res de la Posie (1935), this book by Jacques Maritain, whose philosophical writings read as interestingly as a novel, will be welcomed by all who are seeking a better understanding of the art of our time. The book delves into Maritain's thoughts on the nature and subjectivity of art and poetry. As a philosopher, Maritain attempts to define the two concepts, describing art and poetry as virtues, and as being primarily concerned with beauty. Rather than focus on aesthetic theory, Maritain examines the concepts at a more tangible level, including a discussion of how they are made. The principles established with such precision and brilliance in his earlier work, Art and Scholasticism, which has had such a deep influence on contemporary artists, are successfully put to the test in illuminating the creative works of such diverse artists as Georges Rouault, Marc Chagall, Gino Sevirini, and Arthur Lourie.… (more)

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