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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I disagree with just about everything he argues in here, but it’s still a very thoughtful and engaging set of essays. About anthonyhowelljournal Poet, essayist, dancer, performance artist We are indelibly that single programmatic personage who must be realized.

Even the Soviet Union, which had embraced modernism at first, lashed out against during the s. The man portrayed and his portrait are two completely distinct objects: What about, instead of trying to paint the person, aiming dehumqnization paint our abstraction or our idea of a person?

The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture and Literature

Whether your interested in Modernist art or poetry European or Americanthis book will help to elucidate important intellectual currents and better able you to challenge and explore many of the underlying philosophical and aesthetic constructs that influenced Ortega y Orteta “generation[s]”. It uses otherworldly patterns, stripes, geometric shapes etcetera, not the reality of space and time humans live in.

But art for him is something different: His books are short, punchy, and rich; and even if I am seldom convinced by his views, I also never put down one of his books without a store of ideas to ponder. But, in its turn, this intention finds itself serving a curiosity broader than these pages could satisfy, so that the reader is left to his private meditation.


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We then live fearfully as a barbarian. The lyrical weapon is turned against natural things and damages, even assassinates them.

An elitist to the bone, dehhmanization firmly believed that humankind could be neatly divided into two sorts, the masses and the innovatives, and had nothing but scorn for the former. I look forward to the next book. Gasset discusses how the object in a painting becomes a focus.

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This shift was made, says Ortega, as a reaction against the trend of the preceding century, when art became more and more accessible.

I completely understand the feeling of a good novel closing you off from reality by all sides. If we compare a modem painting with one painted in, say,we can start by contrasting the objects represented in both oryega — perhaps a man, a house, or a mountain.

That this should be so is understandable. One of two things may happen: Algunos de los ensayos incluidos son mejores que el titular, y en general forman un conjunto interesante.

The simplest consists in a mere change of the customary perspective. This is why many of us claim we don’t like new art, -we say that to mean, a we got it but it’s not our cup of tea, b we don’t understand it, thus we ortegq enjoy it.

Or, to put it another way: Added to PP index Total downloads 4of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Sign in Create an account. What happens is that the majority, the mass of the people, does not understand it.


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Because it makes the gesture of destroying itself, it continues to be art, and, by a marvellous dialectic, its negation is its conservation and its triumph. We have to accept the imperative of work which our era imposes; submissiveness to his own period offers the individual his only chance of achievement.

That pure anonymous voice, mere accoustic carrier of the verse, is the voice of the poet, who has learnt how to isolate himself from the man he is. Especially liked the Goethe essay, but all worth reading.

Romanticism and naturalism, seen from the viewpoint of today, come closer together and reveal their common root in realism. What a supreme stylist and penetrating thinker Gasset was.

Let us leave aside those equivocal creatures, the snobs. Oct 10, Richard Anderson rated it it was amazing. This was the accomplishment of Debussy. 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 deehumanization.

Once art is emptied of all that’s pathetically human, it stands without any transcendence, —just art, no pretensions. And we end up by feeling loathing towards this species of hired corpses. Want to Read saving…. Aesthetics and Culture in Aesthetics.