Results 1 – 12 of 16 The Hidden Order of Art: A Study in the Psychology of Artistic Imagination. May 24, by Anton Ehrenzweig. First Published in Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. British Journal of Medical Psychology · Volume 21, Issue 3 · British Journal of Medical Psychology banner. UNCONSCIOUS FORM‐CREATION IN ART. ANTON.

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But fortunately this does not really matter. Gradually aspects move into view that defy this kind of rational analysis. This ability of understanding- and it is an ability may be due to their syncretistic capacity to comprehend a total structure rather than analysing single elements. Even the most persuasive and logical argument cannot make up for his lack of sensitivity.

Retrieved from ” https: Schelling and the Unconscious. The Self-Creating God On the other hand I have reason to hope that a reader who is attuned to the hidden substructure of art will find no difficulty in following ehrensweig diffuse and scattered structure of my exposition.

Conscious thought is sharply focused and highly differentiated in its elements; the deeper we penetrate into low-level imagery and phantasy the more the single track divides and branches into unlimited directions so that in the end its structure appears chaotic.


Anton Ehrenzweig

Essentially a merging of Freudian psycho-analysis and Gestalt psychologythis thesis established the importance of the interplay that takes place between our conscious and formal creation of images and our undisciplined perceptive imagination.

The Hidden Order of Artpublished posthumously, has been in continuous publication sinceand is considered one of the three classics of art psychology, along with Rudolf Arnheim ‘s Art and Visual Perception and Herschel Chipp ‘s Theories of Modern Art.

This enables me to read technical books with antin profit even if I am not conversant with some of the technical terms. The unconscious functions overcome and fragment the conscious surface sensibilities and tear egrenzweig into shreds. This kind of treatment may well appear chaotic to an orderly mind. He fled Austria immediately after the Anschluss with Germany in and settled in England with his brother Albert Ehrenzweig and parents following him later that year.

All artistic structure is essentially ‘polyphonic’; it evolves not in a single line of thought, but in several superimposed strands at once.

Sir Herbert Read commented on Ehrenzweig’s contribution following his death:. Towards a Revision of Current Theory From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Matt Ffytche – – Cambridge University Press. Yet I feel quite unrepentant.

Schelling, Freud and the Birth of the Modern Psyche. Sign in Create an account. Contents Order in Chaos. Not available in British Commonwealth Pages: The unconscious functions overcome and fragment the conscious surface sensibilities and tear reason into shreds.


Anton Ehrenzweig – Wikipedia

There is of course an intrinsic order in the progress of the book. But as time passes by the ‘hidden order’ in art’s substructure the work of unconscious form creation rises to the surface.

Find it on Scholar. The first chapters deal with familiar technical and professional problems of the artist.

It is an advantage therefore to retain some of the child’s syncretistic ability, in order to escape excessive specialization. For instance the plastic effects of painting pictorial space which are familiar to every artist and art lover tum out enrenzweig be determined by deeply unconscious perceptions. I myself seem to have preserved some of this ability.

May I, then, ask the reader not to be irritated by the obscurity of some of the material, to take out from the book what appeals to him and leave the rest unread? Child art too goes for the total structure without bothering about analytic details.

I realize that the apparently chaotic and scattered structure of my writing fits the subject matter of this book, which deals with the deceptive chaos in art’s vast substructure.