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    DescriptionPrompted by modern critical discussions, the 14 papers, lectures and articles assembled in this volume revolve around key issues raised by twentieth-century art and theory. Taking abstraction and expression as his main themes, this eclectic assortment of Professor Gombrich's monumental essays encompass the whole of the history of art, and includes major articles on the social history of art, visual metaphor, tradition and expression, and psychoanalysis. Characteristic of his thought-provoking use of diverse sources for inspiration and exploration, this book embodies a timelessly powerful corpus of Gombrich's ground-breaking thought.

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    Meditations on a Hobby Horse
    And Other Essays on the Theory of Art
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leonie Gombrich, By (author) Ernst H. Gombrich
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    ISBN 13: 9780714832456
    ISBN 10: 0714832456

    LC classification: N
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.0
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: ACX
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    BIC subject category V2: ABA
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    BIC subject category V2: GTE
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25820
    DC21: 701
    BISAC V2.8: ART009000
    Abridged Dewey: 701
    DC22: 701
    B&T Approval Code: A02060000
    Thema V1.0: AGA, ABA, GTD
    Edition statement
    New ed of 4 Revised ed
    Illustrations note
    140 b&w illustrations
    Phaidon Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Phaidon Press Ltd
    Publication date
    29 September 1994
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    Author Information
    Ernst Gombrich was one of the greatest and least conventional art historians of his age, achieving fame and distinction in three separate spheres: as a scholar, as a popularizer of art, and as a pioneer of the application of the psychology of perception to the study of art. His best-known book, The Story of Art - first published 50 years ago and now in its sixteenth edition - is one of the most influential books ever written about art. His books further include The Sense of Order (1979) and The Preference for the Primitive (2002), as well as a total of 11 volumes of collected essays and reviews. Gombrich was born in Vienna in 1909 and died in London in November 2001. He came to London in 1936 to work at the Warburg Institute, where he eventually became Director from 1959 until his retirement in 1976. He won numerous international honours, including a knighthood, the Order of Merit and the Goethe, Hegel and Erasmus prizes. Gifted with a powerful mind and prodigious memory, he was also an outstanding communicator, with a clear and forceful prose style. His works are models of good art-historical writing, and reflect his humanism and his deep and abiding concern with the standards and values of our cultural heritage.
    Review quote
    'A worthy successor to the earlier books, exhibiting to a high degree their author's supreme merit as a theorist of art.' (New Statesman)
    Table of contents
    Meditations on a hobby horse or the roots of artistic form; visual metaphors of value in art; psychoanalysis and the history of art; on physiognomic perception; expression and communication; achievement in medieval art; Andre Malraux and the crisis of expressionism; the social history of art; tradition and expression in Western still life; art and scholarship; imagery and art in the romantic period; the cartoonist's armoury; the vogue of abstract art; illusion and visual deadlock.