Beyond Aesthetics: Investigations Into the Nature of Visual Art by Edited by D. R. Brothwell available soon at the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: Thames & Hudson, 1976, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Diagrams;
From the cover: The appraisal of visual art is traditionally regarded as being the province of the artist, the art historian and the art critic. But visual art, as a manifestation of human behaviour, is intimately linked with the evolution of man; it must be seen as both an aspect of human ethology and a facet of the cultural needs of a community and this applies as much to primitive as to advanced societies. Considered in this light, visual art becomes a pertinent subject of study for the sociologist, the anthropologist, the biologist and the psychologist, as well as those concerned with educating the community to the maximum of its potentialities.
Each of these essays examines and analyses visual art in terms of some less explored dimension. Between them they demonstrate that art and the artist are open to meaningful scientific study and assessment on a non-aesthetic level. Defective vision, psychological motivations, perception in children, the attitudes of society, as well as education and population statistics, in relation to visual art are among the topics discussed by the team of specialist authors whom Mr Brothwell has recruited. Their combined contributions add up to a thought-provoking survey of a fast developing area of art study.
Introduction by: C. H. Waddington
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short, closed, tear to the head of the spine and join with the lower panel. Previous owners’ name to the first blank which is a little grubby. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
212 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6½”.