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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Ortega, in contrast, maintains that modern art is not only by nature unpopular but anti-popular, since the ideals it embodies are antithetical to the opinions of the mass man. But the artistic object is artistic only to the extent that it is not real. I don’t dehujanization about you, but this resonated true to me.

In most cases the two essays are compatible, but he eases up on a few tthe the earlier claims, with more and less success. But this splendour was a by-product.

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One doesn’t have to know anything about philosophy, and have no more than common place knowledge of art, literature, and history, to be fascinated and informed about many interesting theories and explanations of the world around us he gives to us.

For from this stems the humour of this inspiration. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. See and discover other items: You found yourself with a body, a soul, a character, as you found yourself with the capital which your parents left you, with the country in which you were born, and with the human society in which you move. Retrieved from ” https: Customers who bought this item also bought. No principle is involved: The reply would entail investigation into the causes of this strange change of direction which art is making, and this in turn would be an enterprise too weighty to undertake here.

I refer to the following considerations.

The study of art from the sociological point of view might at first seem a barren theme, rather like studying a man from his shadow. After all, this is not a completely new theory. I suspect that an artist of today would be appalled to see himself appointed to such an enormous mission and thus obliged to deal with matters of comparable magnitude in his work. But Ortega y Gasset is a very strong essayist, both as a thinker and as a stylist, and this is a nice little concise collection of some of his work.


Instead of laughing at any particular person or thing — there is no comedy without a victim — modern art ridicules art.

The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture and Literature by José Ortega y Gasset

When this de-realization is lacking it produces in us a fatal vacillation: The Dehumanization of Art, and Other Essays, Ortega y Gasset When I bought this book, the title sounded to aft as something negative that art was, according to Ortega, undergoing, its dehumanization. Near the end he goes on an interesting tangent on how much “modern” art was even then not that modern at all, for example abstract art in a sense being rather regressive in its attempt to “start from scratch”.

I have said, these are random questions not pertinent to the immediate issue. Having concluded my attempt, I am curious and hopeful to find whether others of greater accuracy will follow it.

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One of these — ennui — is clearly evident. Notes on the Odtega – Great little essay. The latter has to live out his human destiny; the mission of the fhe is dehumanzation invent what does not exist. You are no thingyou are simply the person who has to live with things, among things, the person who has to live, not any life but a particular life. Dec 02, Nathan rated it liked it. Our eyes adjust themselves so that our glance penetrates the glass without lingering upon it, and seizes upon the flowers and foliage.

The most we can do is add or subtract things to or from others. He describes very well how it’s very different worldviews or even definitions of art that lie behind “traditional” and “modern” art styles, even in the more subtle cases. I think it will always remain this way, the avant-gardist and elitist nature Ortega y Dehimanization describes in his essay seems to be inherent to me.

This implies that the one group possesses an organ of comprehension denied to the other; that they are two distinct varieties of the human species. It is, therefore, highly probable that this description of modem art contains nothing but errors. By its very nature it is an inaccessible form of art for most. Man, house and mountain are immediately recognizable: The idea, instead of functioning as the means to think an object with, is itself made the object and the aim of thinking.


If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Orphaned articles from May All orphaned articles Books with missing cover. But Ortega y Gasset is a very strong essayist, both as a thinker and as a stylist, and this is a nice littl It’s somewhat interesting to read what a cultural commentator with a strong art history background had to say about Modern tye as it was happening, but many of his conclusions ot dated and a little gaset, mostly because of all the time that has passed since he came to them, and all the intervening analysis of Modernism and its practitioners that informs the way we think about that art now.

I very much doubt if young people today could be interested in a verse, a brushstroke or a sound which did not carry within it some ironic reflection. During the last twenty years the most avant-garde of two successive generations in Paris, Berlin, London, New York, Rome, and Madrid have found themselves struck by the ineluctable fact that traditional art not only does not interest them; they actually find it repugnant.

He has a seemingly limitless store of pithy observations and intriguing theories, but never builds these into a complete system. Articles of depth threaten to sink into the abyss their name implies, while the yachts of the regattas skim victoriously over the surface. He just can’t resist letting disapproving remarks about the impersonal and esoteric nature of modern art slip through. To be an artist is not to take man jsoe seriously as we do when we are not artists.

The title essay is a very interesting and measured analysis of the modernist and avant-garde tendency to turn its back on realism, reality and, eventually, humanity itself. It would be wonderful if these could be translated into English.

In order to see an object we have to adjust our eyes in a certain way.

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