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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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Life is essentially a drama, because it is a desperate struggle — with things and even with our character — to succeed in being in fact that which we are in design. What happens is that the majority, the mass of the people, does not understand it. Then the garden disappears from our eyes, and all we see of it are some confused masses of colour which gaxset to adhere to the glass.

The study of art from the sociological point of view might at first seem a barren theme, rather like studying a man from his shadow. With vertiginous speed modem art has diverged into a great variety of directions and intentions. The personal, by being the most human of the human, is what is most shunned by the modem artist. This shift was made, says Ortega, as a reaction against the trend of the preceding century, when art became more and more accessible.

To achieve this we can only deny our reality and by so doing set ourselves above it. Having done so, only now can we ask what new life-style modern art heralds for the future?

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h 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. When he writes, I believe today’s poet simply wishes to be a poet. It is not difficult to recognize in the work of one period the desire to resemble that of the preceding one. Above all, it is useless to become indignant or make an outcry.

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

It is not quite as evident as the academics assume that a work of art must necessarily contain a human nucleus for the Muses to bedeck and embellish. This is the latent connection uniting apparently incompatible forms of modern art: Request removal from index.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The improbability increases when we are dealing with a new-born reality, one only at the beginning of its journey through space.

Oct 10, Richard Anderson rated it it was amazing. This radical break with the human form has caused it to be loved by the intellectuals of the avant-garde, but to be despised by the common people. Anyone bearing these examples in mind cannot but find it strange that modem inspiration is always, unfailingly, comic.

The works of the nineteenth century, far from representing a normal art, are perhaps the greatest anomaly in the history of taste. This has happened, for example, with the romantic and naturalistic novel and play. All that seeks a spiritual, not a mechanical being will have to possess this clear-sighted character, intelligently motivated. But the fruitful aspects of a sociology of art were unexpectedly revealed to me when, a few krtega ago, I happened to be writing about the musical era which started with Debussy.

He just can’t resist letting disapproving remarks about the impersonal and esoteric nature of modern art slip through. Gasset does exactly this in his second essay, which is on novels.

Perhaps it is not, but the reasons are somewhat tedious and in any case do not greatly affect the matter under discussion. Thus they will tolerate certain forms of unreality and fantasy only to the extent that they do not interfere with their perception of human forms and situations.

The fact is not orteta the artist has little interest in his work, but that it interests him precisely because it does not have grave importance, and to the extent that it lacks it. My last review didn’t get saved, so I’ll just salvage a few thoughts from each essay. He has set himself resolutely to distort reality, break its human image, dehumanize it. Sign in Create an account.

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Ortega y Gasset cops out too quickly, and it’ Not without its astute remarks and insightful critiques. In the space of a few years, we have seen the tidal wave of sport all but overwhelming the pages of our newspapers that bear serious news. Dec 02, Nathan rated it liked it. This would be to reduce art to mere cosmetics. 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.

In the second place — and this is more important — the art of which we are speaking is not only not human in that it does not comprise human things, but its active constituent is the very operation of dehumanizing.

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. It was necessary to liberate poetry, which, weighed down with human material, was sinking to earth like a deflated balloon, bruising itself against the trees and rooftops. Thinking of Napoleon, for example, we are normally concerned with the great man of that name.