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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Wilhelm Worringer s landmark study in the interpretation of modern art, first published inhas seldom been out of print. Eduardo Braga rated it it was amazing May 04, And the further proposition may be stated: Alasdair Ekpenyong rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Recollection of the lifeless form of a pyramid or of the suppression of life that is manifested, for instance, in Byzantine mosaics tells us at once that here the need for empathy, which for obvious reasons always tends toward the organic, cannot possibly have determined artistic volition.

Primitive societies that have a “dread qnd 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. Aug 22, Anastasiya Zavgorodnaya rated it it was amazing. Posted by Presley Martin at 9: He taught at Bern University from to In the urge to abstraction the intensity of the self-alienative impulse is.

The style most perfect in its regularity, the style of the highest abstraction, most strict in its exclusion of worringeg, is peculiar to the peoples at their most primitive cultural level. Refresh and try again. It will only assume the shape of a comprehensive worriinger system when it has united with the lines that lead from the opposite pole.



Empathy and Embodiment: Abstraction and Empathy

Mechanical forces are natural forces. Thus all valuations made from our standpoint, from the abd of view of our modern aesthetics, which passes judgement exclusively in the sense of the Antique or the Renaissance, are from a higher standpoint absurdities and platitudes.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Empathhy Visual Propaganda in Occupied Germanypp. By its nature, this activity is an activity of the will.

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Abstraction and Empathy also has a sociological dimension, in that the urge to create fixed, abstract, and geometric forms is a response to the modern experience of industrialization and the sense that individual identity worringe threatened by a hostile mass society. That which was previously instinct is now the ultimate product of cognition. Duncan Berry rated it it was amazing Apr 28, This theory has been clearly and comprehensively formulated in the writings of Theodor Lipps.

In a word, life is activity.

Life as such is felt to be a disturbance of aesthetic enjoyment. Thus in historical periods of anxiety and uncertainty, man seeks to abstract objects from their unpredictable state and transform them wworringer absolute, transcendental forms.

Wilhelm Worringer

Wilhelm Worringer’s Abstraction and Empathy was published in and was absrraction critical and commercial success. Rachael rated it really liked it Dec 08, Anita rated it really liked it Mar 14, But activity is that in which Abstracction experience an expenditure of energy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Essay adn the Psychology of Style and remains his best-known work. The reality was “not because the artist desired to depict a natural object true to life in its corporeality, not because he desired to give the illusion of a living object, but because the feeling for the beauty of organic form that is true to life had been aroused and because the artist desired to give satisfaction to this feeling.


Maria-Luisa Monaghan rated it really liked it Feb 28, For a long time. Hilton Kramer s introduction considers the influence of Worringer s thesis and places his book in historical context.

Emmpathyhis ideas were influential in the development of early British modernismespecially Vorticism. Trivia About Abstraction and E But such abstraction does not make use of any natural object as a model. And life is energy, inner working, striving and accomplishing. To enjoy aesthetically means to enjoy myself in a sensuous object diverse from myself, to empathize myself into it.

Natural beauty is on no account to be regarded as a condition of the work of art, despite the fact that in the course of evolution it seems to have become a valuable element in the work of art, abstracion to some extent indeed positively identical with it.

A Thousand Plateaus Trans. Europe’s avant-garde in the Rhineland. Michaela rated it it was amazing Aug 08, Evan rated it really liked it Feb 24, Its profound impact not only on art historians and theorists but also for generations of creative writers and intellectuals is almost unprecedented.

It holds its beauty only through our own vital feeling, which, in some mysterious manner, we project into it.