Abstraction and the Classical Ideal: 1760-1920 (Studies in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth- Century Art and Culture)
By: Charles Cramer (author)Hardback
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Theorized by Enlightenment philosophy as a means of discovering ideal essence by purging natural form of its accidental and contingent qualities, abstraction was a major focus of philosophical, scientific, and aesthetic discourse for more than one hundred fifty years. This study traces an important but largely overlooked conception of abstraction in art form from its roots in eighteenth-century empirical epistemology to its application in the pursuit of ideal form from Joshua Reynolds to Piet Mondrian.
Charles A. Cramer is associate professor of art history at Suffolk University
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