- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816676038
- ISBN-13: 978-0816676033
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
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Against Affective Formalism: Matisse, Bergson, Modernism 1st Edition
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ToddCronan's juggernaut is several books in one. In the first place, ithistoricizes a crucial question in contemporary esthetics, whether or not abeholder's experience of a work of art can properly be understood as affectiverather than as cognitive. Second, it offers a strong rereading of variouswritings by Henri Bergson - whose philosophy has often between associated withthe art of Matisse - with respect to that and related issues, showing in theend that although Bergson was continually tempted by the affective position, henever quite definitely succumbed to it (to his credit, Cronan suggests).Third and most important, Cronan tracks the interplay between the affective andcognitivist viewpoints in the theory and practice of one of the great paintersof the twentieth century, Henri Matisse; this involves close looking at a widerange of paintings that have never before been considered in this light, and italso sets Cronan on a collision course - from which he does not flinch - withthe almost uniformly affective bias of recent Matisse criticism. The bookconcludes with a brilliant chapter on Paul Valéry, in whose writings theconflict between cognitivism (or intentionalism) and affect emerges in a mannerthat remains paradigmatic for developments to come. I have no hesitationin stating that Against Affective Formalism is a major achievement, andI look forward with fascination to its reception by a field that is likely tobe transformed by it. -Michael Fried, JohnsHopkins University
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