Jose Ortega y Gasset: The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture, and Literature (Paperback – Revised Ed.); Edition on Lately writers have defined post-modernism in various ways, but they share in common the belief that the age of modernist art is over and that a. No work of Spanish philosopher and essayist Jose Ortega y Gasset has been more frequently cited, admired, or criticized than his defense of modernism, “The .

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You found yourself with a body, a soul, a character, as you found yourself with the capital which your parents left you, with the country in which you were kose, and with the human society in which you move. In painting, they will be attracted only by those pictures where they find men and women who would be interesting to know.

The time is approaching when society, from politics to art, will once more organize itself into two orders: Highly recommended book for anyone interested in art; an easy dehumanizatipn and, in under pages, you can increase your understanding and appreciation of any art form in a day or two.

One need not become too alarmed at this. This has become the black page in the history book of modernism, usually denied or written out of many history books post hoc. Ortega’s essays are brief, but deeply insightful.

Man and People Norton Library Paperback. It is not difficult to recognize in the work of one period the desire to resemble that of the preceding one. Gassst there’s the up-close view, which obscures the general topology of an object, but then visualizes the convexity and texture of the subject painted. Because it makes the gesture of destroying itself, it continues to be art, and, by a marvellous dialectic, its negation is its conservation and its triumph. I believe the judgment of the young artist is sound enough.

Since modern art my copy was published in usually does not have a relatable human protagonist, it is unpopular in the eyes of the ‘masses’.

A work which does not invite te involvement leaves them without a role to play. The Dehumanization of Art is a quick and enjoyable read. Does Western man bear an inconceivable rancour towards his own historical essence? As previously indicated, to look for fiction as nothing else but fiction is an intention that cannot be held except in a humorous state of mind.


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If our visual accommodation is inadequate we do not see the object, or we see it imperfectly. Romanticism and naturalism, seen from the viewpoint of today, come closer together and reveal their common root in realism. Science Logic and Mathematics. One lives in proportion as one yearns to live more. Oct 10, Richard Anderson rated it it was amazing. Bozal says that it’s much better to suspend any foundational agreement or disagreement, and let dehumanizaiton unravel his thinking, and give us the wealth of his own questions, suggestions, and propositions.

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Ortega championed what he saw as a new cultural politics with the goal of a total transformation of society. Notes on the Novel – Great little essay. Seeing is action at a distance. Today, little boys and girls try hard to prolong their infancy, and the young strive to retain and accentuate their youthfulness. Modernists have declared that the intrusion of the human in art is taboo. It was necessary to liberate poetry, which, weighed down with human material, was sinking to earth like a deflated balloon, bruising itself against the trees and rooftops.

After the War modern art, in both literary and visual forms, become the cutting edge of the backlash against the old order which had led the word towards war, a kind of transvaluation of the bourgeois values of the deeply Christian 19th century. It is not a matter of the majority of the public not liking the new work and the minority liking it.

Too often does he say “I do not wish to go into particulars” or “I’m not going to abuse your patience by developing the theory of vocation for you” — and it renders his essays mere pretense, an array of grandiose statements, with no evidence to substantiate. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The influence of its own past on the future of art is something that cannot be over-stated. Then post-modern art has come about, and it is an ironic distillation of a concept, not man trying to represent the world, but trying instead to represent his mind.


This shift was made, says Ortega, as a reaction against the trend of the preceding century, when art became more and more accessible. As soon as the purely aesthetic elements become dominant and detached from the human story, the public loses its way and does not know what to do before the stage, the book, or the picture.

For the majority of people this is the most natural, indeed the only possible, structure of a work of art.

Artists are apt to fall into this error when they talk about their art and do not stand far enough away to take a broad view of the facts. Whether your interested in Modernist art or poetry European or Americanthis book will help to elucidate important intellectual currents and better able you to challenge and explore many of the underlying philosophical and aesthetic constructs that influenced Ortega y Gasset’s “generation[s]”.

Life means the inexorable necessity of realizing the design for an existence which each one of us is. Those type of historic man go hand in hand with their view of reality, and the art they left us. It is possible to envisage living in the company of the things represented in a traditional picture; association with the things shown in the new picture is impossible. All new art is unpopular, necessarily so, and not by chance or accident. Princeton published the first English translation of the essay paired with another entitled “Notes on the Novel.

In it, Bozal gives us the philosophical background of Ortega, -what he understood by image, or by idea. Weeping and laughter are aesthetically fraudulent.

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Hence the irritation it arouses in the majority. He does not find himself confronting the world on his own; artistic tradition, like some middleman, always intervenes.

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