Life of Forms in Art

Life of Forms in Art In this classic meditation on the problem of style in art history Henri Focillon describes how art forms change over time Although he argues that the development of art is irreducible to external pol

  • Title: Life of Forms in Art
  • Author: Henri Focillon
  • ISBN: 9780942299571
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this classic meditation on the problem of style in art history, Henri Focillon describes how art forms change over time Although he argues that the development of art is irreducible to external political, social, or economic determinants, one of his great achievements was to lodge a concept of autonomous formal mutation within the shifting domain of materials and technIn this classic meditation on the problem of style in art history, Henri Focillon describes how art forms change over time Although he argues that the development of art is irreducible to external political, social, or economic determinants, one of his great achievements was to lodge a concept of autonomous formal mutation within the shifting domain of materials and techniques Focillon emphasizes the presence of nonsynchronous tendencies within styles that give to artworks a manifold and stratified character The Life of Forms in Art remains one of the most brilliant and important reflections on the morphology of art It has been superbly translated by George Kubler, whose book The Shape of Time was influenced by Focillon The book also contains a critical introduction by Jean Molino Henri Focillon 1881 1943 taught at the CollA ge de France and at Yale University His books include Art of the West Romanesque and Gothic 2 vols , The Year 1000, L art des sculpteurs romans, and Piero della Francesca.

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    1. Early Gothic figure from the cathedral at NaumburgHenri Focillon (1881-1943) was an art historian of great repute and professor at the Sorbonne and later at the Collège de France. He died in the USA while teaching at Yale and working for the cause of Free France, then under the Nazi heel. Of his many books I was first attracted to his Vie des formes (1934),(*) which is a summary of his theory of art. A formalist, he is rather (poetically) abstract in this short text, since he is concerned prima [...]


    2. I read this very interesting work on style throughout the ages while doing research for a paper. The last chapter, which focuses exclusively on the hand, is not very helpful for my immediate purposes, but it is still compelling. The first three chapters were the most useful for me. It should be noted that this book is focused entirely on structures, or the forms themselves, and not on the world outside of those forms (world's impact on forms or form's impact on the world).


    3. Charles Gaines once said this book was one of the things that changed the way he looked at art. It's pretty moving. Well worth the money to find a copy of this out-of-print book.


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