Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye

Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye

by Rudolf Arnheim (Author)


Since its publication fifty years ago, this work has established itself as a classic. It casts the visual process in psychological terms and describes the creative way one's eye organizes visual material according to specific psychological premises. In 1974 this book was revised and expanded, and since then it has continued to burnish Rudolf Arnheim's reputation as a groundbreaking theoretician in the fields of art and psychology.


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Format: Illustrated
Pages: 518
Edition: 2
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 10 Dec 2004

ISBN 10: 0520243838
ISBN 13: 9780520243835

Media Reviews
In The Ego and the Id Freud argued that a cogent thought process, to say nothing of conscious intellectual work, could not exist amidst the unruliness of visual experience. Over the last half century in a sequence of landmark books, Rudolf Arnheim has not only shown us how wrong that is, he has parsed the grammar of form with uncanny acuity and taught us how to read it. - Jonathan Fineburg, author of Art since 1940: Strategies of Being
Author Bio
Rudolf Arnheim is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. His books include Film as Art (California, 1957), Visual Thinking (1969), The Dynamics of Architectural Form (California, 1977), The Split and the Structure: Twenty-eight Essays (California, 1996).