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Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye (1954)

by Rudolf Arnheim

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Since its publication fifty years ago, this work has established itself as a classic. It casts the visual process in psychological terms and describes the creative way one's eye organizes visual material according to specific psychological premises. In 1974 this book was revised and expanded, and since then it has continued to burnish Rudolf Arnheim's reputation as a groundbreaking theoretician in the fields of art and psychology.… (more)
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Uses psychological study of perception to examine the creation of art and our reactions to it. Applies this understanding to purposeful representation. Breaks down qualities of art and reality by our perceptual reactions to them. Qualities such as balance, form, shape, light, color, and movement are discussed.
  CLlibrarystudent | Dec 4, 2016 |
This is a dense book, not an easy read, but a must for the advanced student of art or photography. The ability to do graphic analysis is critical to both those seriously producing images, and those considering/critiquing them. Arnheim was one of the first, and certainly one of the most informed to explicate the foundations of image graphics in the perceptual mechanisms of the mind.
  j-b-colson | Sep 19, 2012 |
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Since its publication fifty years ago, this work has established itself as a classic. It casts the visual process in psychological terms and describes the creative way one's eye organizes visual material according to specific psychological premises. In 1974 this book was revised and expanded, and since then it has continued to burnish Rudolf Arnheim's reputation as a groundbreaking theoretician in the fields of art and psychology.

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Uses psychological study of perception to examine the creation of art and our reactions to it. Applies this understanding to purposeful representation. Breaks down qualities of art and reality by our perceptual reactions to them. Qualities such as balance, form, shape, light, color, and movement are discussed.
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