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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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We must learn to free ourselves from the traditional idea which would have reality always consist in some thingbe it physical or mental.

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You are no thingyou are simply the person who has to live with things, among things, the person who has to live, not any life but a particular life.

They arouse secondary emotions which are specifically aesthetic. On Point of View in the Arts – a simple essay that could have been a chapter in tje first essay.

Already in Wagner the human voice is ceasing to be a protagonist and is becoming submerged in the cosmic uproar of the other instruments.

But when distaste arises from the fact of its not having been understood, then the spectator feels humiliated, with an obscure awareness of his inferiority for which he must compensate by an indignant assertion of himself.

In our age of egalitarian, liberal democracies an initially very elitist type of art has become the dominant form of art paradoxically enough. And, indeed, it can be clearly seen that history swings rhythmically from one to the other pole, at certain times stressing dehumaniization masculine qualities, in others the feminine, at certain times exalting the spirit of youth and at others that of maturity.


I am limiting myself to classifying them. Presently we shall see how all modem art, coinciding in this with modem technologies, science and politics, in short with life as it is today, loathes all blurred frontiers. But the modem artist invites us to contemplate an art that is a jest in itself. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Analysing the new style, one finds in it certain closely connected tendencies: The magic flute of Pan which makes the Fauns dance at the edge of the forest is again becoming the symbol of art.

Romantic works were the first — since the invention of printing — to enjoy large editions. But in the case of modern art the separation occurs on a deeper plane than the mere differences in individual taste.

In another diatribe he writes:. In art all repetition is valueless. Jul 22, Joseph rated rotega liked it. One of these — ennui — is clearly evident. This is the latent connection uniting apparently incompatible forms of modern art: Aug 14, Turkish rated it it was ok. Gasset goes over primitive art as a focus on multiple objects, and it progressively becomes a canvas of various forms held together by a unifying motif, and then it progresses further into a unification of subject and space.

Jun 13, Hugo rated it really liked it. The loves, hates, griefs and joys of the characters touch their heart: The last essays also address the change of vision. But this, in the first place, is impracticable. In Search of Goethe from Within – A high point in the book. All new art is unpopular, necessarily dehumanizwtion, and not by chance or accident.

This implies that the one group possesses an organ of comprehension denied to the other; that they are gassef distinct varieties of the human species. Within the artist there goes on a constant battle, or at least a violent reaction, between his own original experiences and the art already created by others.


J-K Huysmans wrote seminal essays on modern art back in — and they are available to read in French online at this link Most of Huysmans essays on art are available from Flammarion.

What is modern art?

The Dehumanization of Art: Jose Ortega y Gasset and Ad Reinhardt | The Brooklyn Rail

In works of art popular in the last century there is always a nucleus of living reality which ultimately forms the substance of the aesthetic body. He just can’t resist letting disapproving remarks about the impersonal and esoteric nature of modern art slip through. It would be strange if the major and polar differences in human beings — the differences of sex and j — did not also exercise an influence lrtega the times themselves.

During his prolific career he made contributions to political theory, to philosophy, to literary criticism, and now I see to art criticism.

The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture and Literature

Autumn Effect at Argenteuil, by Claude Monet. All that seeks a spiritual, not ortrga mechanical being will have to possess this clear-sighted character, intelligently motivated. The Self and the Other – My favorite essay in the book.

First comes the order of persons, then that of other living creatures, and finally, that of inorganic things. You are commenting using your Twitter account.