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Author Parsons, Michael J.

Title How we understand art : a cognitive developmental account of aesthetic experience / Michael J. Parsons
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987

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Description xiv, 159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction -- Cognitive developmental theory -- Assumptions about art -- Organization of the book : topics and stages -- Methodology -- Overview of the five stages. Favoritism ; Beauty and realism ; Expressiveness ; Style and form ; Autonomy ; Color ; Favorites ; The idea of pictorial representation ; Association with the subject ; The enjoyment of paintings -- The subject. Beauty ; The indefinite other ; Realism ; Schematic and photographic realism ; Excuses ; The subjective theme -- Expression. Feelings as behaviors ; Picturing feelings ; Connecting the artist with the painting ; Conceptions of expression ; Subjectivity ; The individuality of expression ; Interpretation ; The corrigibility of interpretation ; The publicity of the painting -- The medium, form, and style. Difficulty and skill ; Modern art ; The expressiveness of abstract art ; Expressiveness and the medium ; Searching for meaning ; Technique ; Style ; Detecting and understanding style ; The expression of nonsubjective qualities ; The public meanings of the medium ; The style of Renoir -- Judgment. The objectivity of judgment ; The natural criteria reversed ; The relativism of taste ; The criterion of genuine feeling ; The colors of individual experience ; The possibilities of agreement ; The offering of reasons ; Relativism and the artworld ; Questioning experience ; The question of style ; Reasons for judgments
Analysis Visual arts Aesthetics Psychological aspects
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 154-156
Subject Aesthetics.
Art appreciation.
Art -- Psychological aspects.
Art -- Psychology.
Communication in art.
Visual perception.
LC no. 86021528
ISBN 0521329493
0521379660 (paperback)