Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye by Rudolf ArnheimSince its first publication in 1954, this work has established itself as a unique classic. It applies the approaches and findings of modern psychology to the study of art; it descirbes the visual process that takes place when people create - or look at - works in the various arts, and explains how they organize visual material according to definite psychological laws. Artists, critics, art historicans, students, and general readers have found it a highly readable book. Now Arnheim has throughtly revised and enlarged the text and adds new illustrations, taking advantage of recent developments in his own work and that of others.
Art and Visual Perception
One of my mentors told me to create a book journal and take notes. This is my attempt. Post a Comment. October 21, Art and visual perception by Rudolf Arnheim. There so much to take notes from this book and hence I am writing down couple of them] Any stimulus pattern tends to be seen in such a way that the resulting structure is as simple as the given conditions permit. But we must also consider relative simplicity which applied to every complexity level. Compositions by adults are rarely as simple as the conceptions of children; when they are we tend to doubt the maturity of the maker.
German-born author, film and art theorist, and perceptual psychologist, Rudolf Arnheim uses both a solid understanding of science and art to carefully analyze visual perception and organization. Instead, by looking at several visual concepts, he lays out exactly how we visually take in the world and make sense of what we see. Through hundreds of examples of art, sculptures, and architecture, Arnheim provides readers with an in-depth education on composition, geometry, psychology, philosophy, and the history of art and its influence on perception.
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Art and Visual Perception Balance Rudolf Arnheims Art and Visual Perception deals with the way we perceive the world around us, what looks good, and what interferes with our visual perception. In his first chapter Balance, he discusses the significance of the spacing of objects and the forces that may exist between them. He also writes about their overall equilibrium and direction, and the notion of weight in an artwork induced in the human mind. In the first section, Arnheim claims that Visual experience is dynamic and that nothing is perceived on its own. He clarifies this by means of a disk in a square, where he introduces the relevance of the structural skeleton of the square and its impact on our vision. Moreover, he explains that there is no point inside it that is free from attractive or repulsive forces and as such, balance is alive with tension. When the disk is not centered in the square, an unpleasant outcome is produced as the eye cannot resolve to which part the disk is attracted to.