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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This is by no means a critique of Ortega y Gasset as a full philosopher and social critic, as I dehumanizztion yet read his more popular work, like “The Revolt of the Masses.

This can be seen very clearly in music and poetry. This is the latent connection uniting apparently incompatible forms of modern art: You found If you ask your own self, strictly and peremptorily, Who am I? Let us say, if you choose, that among the things with which you found yourself, your soul is the closest to you, orteta it is not you yourself. But he does not delve deeply into any of these topics, and he does not carefully investigate any particular work or movement.

Email required Address never made public. 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. gasest

Gasset does exactly this in his second essay, which is on novels. Articles of depth threaten to sink into gasst abyss their name implies, while the yachts of the regattas skim victoriously over the surface.

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Sign in Create an account. This was the accomplishment of Debussy. Gasset discusses the rise of ideologies and “-isms”. Similes have been used for decorative purposes, to adorn and embroider the beloved reality. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Set qrt a giveaway. My last review didn’t get saved, so I’ll just salvage a few thoughts from each essay.

Dec 16, Seth Holler rated it liked it Shelves: Beethoven and Wagner were realists; Chateaubriand, like Zola, was a realist. You are no thingyou are simply the person who has to hte with things, among things, the person who has to live, not any life but a particular life. Today, the predominant aspect in all stages of European existence is one of masculinity and youth.


Some Orhega in Metaphysics. Learn more about Amazon Prime. It is not a case of painting something totally distinct from a man or a house or a mountain, but of painting a man with the least possible resemblance to man; a house which conserves only what is strictly necessary to reveal its metamorphosis; a cone which has miraculously emerged from what was formerly a mountain.

Imagine we are looking at a garden through dehumnaization window. He remarks that this hinders a person’s ability to go into themselves and meditate. How would that be possible? Nevertheless, one cause stands out quite thr, although it cannot be regarded as the decisive one.

Ortega was an immensely gifted writer in the best belletristic tradition. Wonderful thoughts in play. Please try again later.

The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture and Literature

J-K Huysmans wrote seminal essays on modern art back in — and they are available to read in French online at this link. We not only have to approach these paintings with a completely open mind; we have to create and invent almost unimaginable characteristics which might fit those exceptional objects. His perspectives on the development of western art is something worth considering, although his defense of where art should be headed may not rest well with readers who are uncomfortable with the notion of a dehumanized art.

Aesthetics and Culture in Aesthetics. To me it seems that the new attitudes are dominated by a loathing for the human in art very similar to the way in which discriminating men have always felt towards wax figures.

It also gets kind of schizophrenic, borderline surreal, when Ortega y Gasset also shows some admiration for how far the avant-garde of his day was willing to go, and he even seems to admire their personal and artistic integrity elsewhere.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century a group of German romantics led by the Schlegels proclaimed irony as the highest aesthetic category, and for reasons which coincide with the intentions of modern art. There is no abstract living. Dehumanization of art – a little over my head as my understanding of art history is limited.


Radical new forms and shapes which had separated themselves from strict depictions of reality presented the public with a new type of art, one which might have seemed to stem from another planet or even another universe, having nothing to do arg the reality of human life on planet earth. Ortega y Gasset,as he does in all his books and essays, captures the historical progression of ideas better than anyone else of his generation. Words like inhuman, sterile, cold—they became cool….

This would be to reduce art to mere cosmetics.

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Explore gasswt Home Gift Guide. Now, to stylize is to distort the real, to make un-real. The Origin of Philosophy. Once art is emptied of all that’s pathetically human, it stands without any transcendence, —just art, no pretensions. Our most rooted and unquestioned convictions are those most open to suspicion. And if we don’t understand art, it’s probably because artists were left with just this one more thing to explore, -art itself. Does Western man bear an inconceivable rancour towards his own historical essence?

On the other hand, when the horizon becomes immovable it is a sign of a hardening of the arteries and the entry into old age.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Art today exercises its veto with an energy in proportion to the hierarchial altitude of the object.

But this, in the first place, is impracticable. And we end ortegs by feeling loathing towards this species of hired corpses. I also have a bias, -I do like his style, and I do tend to, in my ignorance, take him face value.