Meditations On a Hobby Horse and Other Essays On the Theory by E. H. Gombrich

By E. H. Gombrich

Initially released in 1963, this booklet was once the 1st quantity to be released within the author's lengthy and distinctive sequence of gathered essays. In it he addresses primary questions on the character of creative fulfillment, the standards of creative worth, and the function of language in knowing and examining photos. those essays discover the complex personality of metaphors, analogies, symbols, myths, conventions and traditions in artwork and art-historical writing, and examine the notions of illustration, expression, abstraction and phantasm.

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