Visual Thinking

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University of California Press, 1969 - Architecture - 345 pages
For thirty-five years Visual Thinking has been the gold standard for art educators, psychologists, and general readers alike. In this seminal work, Arnheim, author of The Dynamics of Architectural Form, Film as Art, Toward a Psychology of Art, and Art and Visual Perception, asserts that all thinking (not just thinking related to art) is basically perceptual in nature, and that the ancient dichotomy between seeing and thinking, between perceiving and reasoning, is false and misleading. An indispensable tool for students and for those interested in the arts.
 

Contents

Early Stirrings
1
The Intelligence of Perception i
15
The Intelligence of Perception ii
38
Two and Two Together
54
Thinking With Pure Shapes
208
Words in Their Place
226
Art and Thought
254
Models for Theory
274
Vision in Education
294
Notes
317
Bibliography
325
Index
339
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Rudolf Arnheim (July 15, 1904 - June 9, 2007) was an author, art and film theorist, and perceptual psychologist, as well as Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. His books include Film as Art (California, 1957), Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye (California, 1974), The Dynamics of Architectural Form (California, 1977), and The Split and the Structure: Twenty-eight Essays (California, 1996).

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