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The Preference for the Primitive: Episodes in the History of Western Taste and Art.
Gombrich, E.H.
The Preference for the Primitive: Episodes in the History of Western Taste and Art.
Summing up more than forty years of study and reflection on this theme, the book presents a closely argued narrative supported by extensive quotations that document with precision the role of authors, critics and artists in shaping and changing opinion. After reviewing the classical authors whose writings largely set the terms of the debate, Gombrich then charts its progress from its revival in the eighteenth century, documenting the often subtle shifts of taste and judgement that frequently focus on the pivotal role of Raphael in the history of taste. In the final chapters he turns to the truly revolutionary primitivism of the twentieth century, analysing the momentous shifts of taste of which he was himself an eyewitness.

Category: Out of Print, OP Art
Binding: Pap.
Pages: 324 pp
Publisher: Phaidon.
Year: 2006
Publication Place: London,
ISBN: 0714846325
Book Id: 70207

Price: $29.95

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