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Art and artist; creative urge and personality development
For it was precisely in the period follow ing the turn of the century, during which I struggled through to my own world-outlook, that the branches of knowledge bearing particularly on the study of art made such enormous progress as to necessitate a re-orientation of the whole art- problem. But without the asset of the experience I had gained in winning through to an independent outlook, I should, as a layman in the domain of art, hardly have been entitled to com pete with the array of prominent specialists above all, Ger man who, during that period, raised modern art-history to a level never before thought of. To me, however, the whole science of art seems to be permeated, as I have said before, with a far-reaching dualism, which not only comes out in differences of opinion among different scholars and the divergences of their schools, but reflects the dualism inherent in the problem of art itself. Now, my view of psychological problems in cluded from the first the knowledge and acknowledgment of a dualism inherent in the individual and not dependent on any external opposition for its existence. It seems to me, there fore, that my whole conception of man should not only lead to a better understanding of the dualist nature of art, but also, to xxxvii a great extent, help to overcome the contradictions arising from that dualism in the history of art-criticism. The comparative method of treatment, which we have to use in studying the genesis of the creative impulse, may at the same time be used to clear up satisfactorily a number of contradictions, not intrinsically part of the problem of art itself, but brought into it from neighbouring spheres, and in the course of applying these to the understanding of art. I f we reject those methods of psychological investigation which, from time immemorial, have assumed two types of artist and played off the one against the other, we are left with three important provinces of knowledge, all of which have disap pointed expectations as to the value of their specialized ad vances to the science of art.
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Otto Rank's Art & the Artist: Creative Urge & Personality Development: Summary
The authors share a broad vision and strive to radically alter the Western way of looking at the world. The need. I believe. One of the major difficulties with the book is its opacity. The subject matter is fascinating, but the several authors write badly in a cumbersome, technical language that betrays overspecialization. The book is complex and difficult to read, but nonetheless fascinating for all that. The second book, in contrast to the first, is well written and fun to read.