The Absolute Artist: The Historiography of a Concept


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Analyzes the myth of the artist in western culture. The myth of the artist-genius has long had a unique hold on the imagination of Western culture. Iconoclastic, temperamental, and free from the constraints of society, these towering figures have been treated as fixed icons regardless of historical context or individual situation. In The Absolute Artist, Catherine M. Soussloff challenges this view in an engaging consideration of the social construction of the artist from the fifteenth century to the present. Traditional art ...

Absolute Artist: The Historiography of a Concept 1997, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN

ISBN-13: 9780816628971

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