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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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Nevertheless, one cause stands out quite clearly, although it cannot be regarded as the decisive one. It is possible to envisage living in the company of the things represented in a ortea picture; association with the things shown in the new picture is impossible. Mar 26, Matthew rated it liked it.

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He regards the benefits of civilization as his natural right rather than as the result of a complex vehumanization of social interactions. When this de-realization is lacking it produces in us a fatal vacillation: Share your thoughts with other customers.

Viel Intellekt auf wenig Papier, das mag ich or. All the poet wished was to be a human being. This has been the case in Europe, where a futurist instinct is overthrowing a positively oriental reverence for the past.

First, paintings and philosophyare looking at the short distance objects, and painters paint those objects, their voluminous nature. Perhaps it is not, but the reasons are somewhat tedious and in any case do not greatly affect the matter under discussion.

He begins to experience something of artistic value precisely when he starts to notice a lightness in the air, when his composition begins to behave frivolously, freed of all formality. He also tells us that Ortega had many detractors, as many as defenders. A work which does not invite this involvement leaves them without a role to play. He does not find himself confronting the world on his own; artistic tradition, like some middleman, always intervenes. It will be an art for artists and not for the masses; it will be an art of caste, not demotic.


But this will be valueless unless we first determine the common basis which, at times contradictorily, modem art shares. Who’s to deny the strong urge to resort to sarcasm when it comes to anything concerning humans, anyway?

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. 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. In all honesty, I’m too ignorant of art history as to know if Ortega is onto something good, of if he is missing the mark.

The foreground object observed in all its important aspects. About anthonyhowelljournal Poet, essayist, dancer, performance artist It would only confuse the issues if I were to try to correct any errors I have made by singling out some particular feature omitted from this analysis. William James and the Art of Fiction. Art cannot be subject to unconscious phenomenon for it ought to be all clarity, the high noon of cerebration.

One goes to art precisely because one recognizes it as farce. History of Western Philosophy. What a fine writer! It tries to explore the unexplored and to depict the limits of the human imagination. I suspect that an artist of today would be appalled to see himself appointed to such an enormous mission and thus obliged to deal ortegx matters of comparable magnitude in his work. This has happened, for example, with the dehumamization and naturalistic novel and play.


If you think Ortega y Gasset’s notion of humanization more as the episteme of constructing, generating and understanding any form of human sentiment and activity in our “reality”, this essay can say something even to the 21th century readers.

In the same manner, the person who seeks to involve himself, through a work of art, with the destinies of John and Mary or of Tristan and Isolde and adjusts his spiritual perception to these matters, will not see the work of art. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. What does it signify, this loathing for the human gawset art?

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. What does it represent? Sep 01, Jonatan Sanchez rated it dheumanization was amazing Shelves: This has become the black page in the history book of modernism, usually denied or written out of many history books post hoc. Totalmente imprescindible si se quiere llegar a comprender el arte moderno. Nov 16, A.

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The Self and the Other – My favorite essay in the book. Gassey work has been compared to an iceberg because it hides the critical mass of its erudition beneath the surface, and because it is deceptive, appearing to be more spontaneous and informal than it really is.

Orphaned articles from May All orphaned articles Books with missing cover. The wax figure is pure orttega. This design in which the I consists, is not an idea or plan ideated by the person involved, and freely chosen.