Abstraction and the Classical Ideal: 1760 1920

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Theorized by Enlightenment philosophy as a means of discovering ideal essence by purging natural form of its accidental and contingent qualities, abstraction was a major focus of philosophical, scientific, and aesthetic discourse for more than one hundred fifty years. This study traces an important but largely overlooked conception of abstraction in art form from its roots in eighteenth-century empirical epistemology to its application in the pursuit of ideal form from Joshua Reynolds to Piet Mondrian.

Abstraction and the Classical Ideal, 1760-1920 2006, University of Delaware Press

ISBN-13: 9780874139358

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Abstraction and the Classical Ideal: 1760-1920 2006, University of Delaware Press

ISBN-13: 9781611492873

Hardcover

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