Jose Ortega y Gasset: The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture, and Literature (Paperback – Revised Ed.); Edition on Lately writers have defined post-modernism in various ways, but they share in common the belief that the age of modernist art is over and that a. No work of Spanish philosopher and essayist Jose Ortega y Gasset has been more frequently cited, admired, or criticized than his defense of modernism, “The .

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The atr consists in a mere change of the customary perspective. Poetry and music were then activities of immense importance: But he does not delve deeply into any of these topics, and he does not carefully investigate any particular work or movement. Verticality and horizontality, rectilinearity, parallelism, stasis. View all 4 comments.

I know there’s only a little part in the book that’s dehhumanization on Dostoyevsky but it always amazes me whenever one pays tribute to Dostoyevsky, the way he builds his characters, and his writing style without being partial.

Dec 24, Ben rated it really liked it. Our eyes adjust themselves so that our glance penetrates the glass without lingering upon it, and seizes upon the flowers and foliage.

History of Western Philosophy. As soon as one decides in favour of the latter course one immediately notices a new conception of art germinating in their work which is quite clear, coherent and rational. Feb 12, Londi rated it liked it.


Even so he may still attain nothing; but his failure is much more certain if he were to agt one more Wagnerian opera or yet another naturalistic novel. Articles of depth threaten to sink into the abyss their name implies, while the yachts of the regattas skim victoriously over the surface. The poet begins where the man stops. In his flight from the human, what matters to the artist is not so much reaching the undefined goal, as getting away from the human aspect which it is destroying.

On its magic screen we contemplate them banished from the earth, absolutely remote.

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Princeton published the first English translation of the essay paired with another entitled “Notes on the Novel. One lives in proportion as one yearns to live more. He describes very well how it’s very different worldviews or even definitions of art that lie behind “traditional” and “modern” art styles, even in the more subtle cases.

Is it then the case that, under the mask of love there is hidden a satiety of art, a hatred of art? Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Ortega notes Goethe’s reaction to seeing a crayfish in a brook. The problem was strictly aesthetic, yet I found the shortest road towards its solution started from a simple sociological phenomenon: One of two things may happen: One of these — ennui — is clearly evident.


Today, the predominant aspect in all stages of European existence is one of masculinity and youth.

I can assure you that reading Ortega is always a rewarding experience. It is commonly believed that to run away from reality is easy, whereas it is the most difficult thing in the world. But in the case of modern art the separation occurs on a deeper plane than the mere differences in individual taste.

The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture and Literature by José Ortega y Gasset

Jul 22, Joseph rated it liked it. Sep 24, Simon rated it liked it Shelves: It is an art for artists, and appeals only to our pure aesthetic sense. His perspective is the opposite of that prevailing in spontaneous life.

Here it’s where my ignorance was bliss. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Readers, listeners, and viewers were challenged by drhumanization new forms and shapes, cut loose from the conventions of the realist and romantic art of the previous century.