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This book examines the spiritual and transcendental dimension of painting. Using psychoanalytical ideas, the author demonstrates the developmental processes that are the inner core of the creative process. Newton shows how painting can psychologically transform the artist or viewer through engagement with the spiritual dimension of the art work through analyses of works of contemporary artists such as Roger Hilton, Willem de Kooning, and George Baselitz, along with those of the painters Fra Angelico, Leonardo, Nicholas Poussin, and Cézanne. By exposing the unconscious creative processes that determine the figurative symbols and narratives formulated to represent them, he advances the theory of artistic creativity.Read more
- Appeals to a wide spectrum of readers, including those whose primary fields are art history, psychology, religion, and cultural studies
- Radically advances the theory of artistic creativity through an explanation of the psychologically transformative power of painting
- Includes 68 halftones and eight color plates, many of which have not been published previously
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- Date Published: April 2001
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521661348
- length: 288 pages
- dimensions: 260 x 184 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.93kg
- contains: 68 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print October 2017
Table of Contents
1. Art, abstraction, and psychoanalysis
2. The formal language of art
3. The symbolism of inarticulate form
4. The abstract structure of creativity
5. Abstraction and spirituality
6. The spirituality of icon painting
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