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Art and Illusion
Author: Leonie Gombrich

ISBN: 9780714842080
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 402
Published: 22 April 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.2 x 2.7
Description:
Described by Kenneth Clark as 'one of the most brilliant books of art criticism that I have ever read', Art and Illusion is a classic study of image-making. It seeks to answer a simple question: why is there such a thing as style?

The question may be simple but there is no easy answer, and Professor Gombrich's brilliant and wide-ranging exploration of the history and psychology of pictorial representation leads him into countless crucial areas. Gombrich examines, questions and re-evaluates old and new ideas on such matters as the imitation of nature, the function of tradition, the problem of abstraction, the validity of perspective and the interpretation of expression: all of which reveal that pictorial representation is far from being a straightforward matter. First published more than 40 years ago, Art and Illusion has lost none of its vitality and importance. In applying the findings of experimental science to a nuanced understanding of art and in tackling complex ideas and theoretical issues, Gombrich is rigorous.

Yet he always retains a sense of wonder at the inexhaustible capacity of the human brain, and a...

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