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BRUSHSTROKE AND EMERGENCE: COURBET, IMPRESSIONISM, PICASSO. James D. Herbert. University of Chicago Press, 2015. 162 pp. with 45 ills. (37 col.). 24 x 19 cm. LC 2014-39417 ISBN 9780226272016 In English.
Publisher's description: No pictorial device in nineteenth-century French painting more clearly represented the free-ranging self than the loose brushstroke. From the romantics through the impressionists and post-impressionists, the brushstroke bespoke autonomous artistic individuality and freedom from convention. Yet how much we can credit the individual brushstroke is complicated--and in Brushstroke and Emergence, James D. Herbert uses that question as a starting point for an extended essay that draws as much on philosophy of mind and the science of emergence as on art history. Brushstrokes, he reminds us, are as much creatures of habit and embodied experience as they are of intent. When they gather in great numbers they take on a life of their own, out of which emerge complexity and meaning. Analyzing ten paintings by Courbet, Manet, Cezanne, Monet, Seurat, and Picasso, Herbert shows how intention and habit, simplicity and complexity, interact, opening a space worthy of historical and aesthetic analysis between the brushstroke and the self.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1800-1900, 1900-1945 — Painting
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 167016
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