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THE SENSE OF ORDER:  A STUDY IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DECORATIVE ART., Gombrich, E.H.

Author Name    Gombrich, E.H.

Title   THE SENSE OF ORDER: A STUDY IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DECORATIVE ART.

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good+

Jacket Condition   Very Good

Edition   Second Impression.

Publisher   Oxford Phaidon 1980

ISBN Number    0714817325 / 9780714817323

Seller ID   29312

411 pp, 10 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour. "After an Introduction on Order and Purpose in Nature, which offers a novel approach to the study of pattern, the first chapters deal with the criticism of ornament, the cult of simplicity and the debates about design in Victorian England, in which such eminent critics as Ruskin, Owen Jones and Gottfried Semper made a permanent contribution to theoretical issues. The craftsman's practice of pattern-making is studied as a response to the challenges of material, of geometrical laws and psychological constraints, after which the author examines the perception and the effects of visual orders in the light of recent research. The relation-ship between psychology and history is the theme of four final chapters which deal with the tenacity of ornamental traditions, their modification by the changing styles and fashions of different periods, the role of symbolism in the origin and the use of motifs, and the psychological roots of the grotesque, oscillating between magic and humour. An Epilogue reviews some of the analogies between the spatial orders of decorative design and the temporal patterns of the dance, of poetry and, notably, of music, not forgetting the 'kinetic art' of our century. This absorbing work, the fruit of a lifetime's interest in the most universal and yet strangely neglected manifestation of human creativity, is based on the Wrightsman Lectures given by the author in 1970 under the auspices of the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University." Very minor edge wear, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, one tiny tear archivally taped.

Wrightsman  Lectures,  Order,  Purpose,  Decoration,  Taste,  Classical,  Simplicity,  Polemics,  Rococo,  Fashion,  Pugin,  John  Ruskin,  Expressionism,  Gottfried  Semper,  Function,  Owen  Jones,  Japanese,  Adolf  Loos,  Abstraction,  Patterns,  Pattern-Making,  Constraint,  Perception,  Vision,  Definition,  Aesthetics,  Balance,  Colour,  Form,  Shapes,  Kaleidoscope,  Animation,  Architecture,  Motifs,  Riegl,  Heinrich  Wolfflin,  Focillon,  Heraldic  Symbolism,  Heraldry,  Flourish,  Protective  Spells,  Great  Dragon  Force,  Monsters,  Grotesque,  Music,  Abstract  Art,  Acanthus,  Body  Ornament,  Franz  Boas,  Capitals,  Cartouches,  Chquerboard,  Chinese  Art,  Columns,  Dress,  Egyptian  Art,  Floral  Ornament,  Geometry,  Gothic  Art,  Greek  Art,  Hierarchies,  William  Hogarth,  Interior  Decoration,  Islamic  Art,  Jewellery,  Masks,  Medieval  Art,  Metalwork,  Needlework,  Palmette,  Perception,  Plant  Ornament,  Pottery,  Randomness,  Renaissance,  Scrolls,  Serpents,  Symmetry,  Textiles,  Vitruvius,  Marian  Wenzel. 

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