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The Hidden Order of Art: A Study in the Psychology of Artistic Imagination

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From the Preface:The argument of this book ranges from highly theoretical speculations to highly topical problems of modern art and practical hints for the art teacher, and it is most unlikely that I can find a reader who will feel at home on every level of the argument. But fortunately this does not really matter. The principal ideas of the book can be understood even if ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 24th 1971 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1967)
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Othy
Oct 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I'm really somewhat unsure what I should rate this book, though in the end I agree with what (I think) the author is trying to say, and do think that his ideas are good. Generally, that is. Much of the book is rambling, though the author, in the preface, writes that he's fine with that. Some of his supporting ideas, such as there are no complimentary forms or colors in nature, or that art is the creation of a womb are a little bit strange. The final few chapters get a bit disgusting, actually, ...more
Bernie
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought the first third of the book was insightful and that Ehrenzweig managed to get inside my creative mind. He was able to put into words the process of making art and the different levels of artist consciousness used. His jargon was a bit difficult at first and needed my full attention but was not off-putting since I found it interesting.
So why only two stars you may ask? Well, it went down hill when he delved into the psychoanalysis of mythical legends. He went on and on giving example
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Christopher
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I first heard of Ehrenzweig's book in a bibliography of Juhani Pallasmaa's. Pallasmaa highly regarded this book and mentioned it as one of the most important books in art psychology even today.

The first half of the book elaborates on what the essence of creativity is and how we can tap into it. The second half uses examples in modern art and also uses the hero-myth (Joseph Campbell) to further explain the process of creativity. This book brings to attention a greater appreciation and
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