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Old Masters and Young Geniuses : The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity.

Author/Creator:
Galenson, David W.
Publication:
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2007.
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1 online resource (245 pages)
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Subjects:
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.).
Ability, Influence of age on.
Arts, Modern -- 19th century.
Arts, Modern -- 20th century.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
When in their lives do great artists produce their greatest art? Do they strive for creative perfection throughout decades of painstaking and frustrating experimentation, or do they achieve it confidently and decisively, through meticulous planning that yields masterpieces early in their lives? By examining the careers not only of great painters but also of important sculptors, poets, novelists, and movie directors, Old Masters and Young Geniuses offers a profound new understanding of artistic creativity. Using a wide range of evidence, David Galenson demonstrates that there are two fundamentally different approaches to innovation, and that each is associated with a distinct pattern of discovery over a lifetime. Experimental innovators work by trial and error, and arrive at their major contributions gradually, late in life. In contrast, conceptual innovators make sudden breakthroughs by formulating new ideas, usually at an early age. Galenson shows why such artists as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, C├ęzanne, Jackson Pollock, Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost, and Alfred Hitchcock were experimental old masters, and why Vermeer, van Gogh, Picasso, Herman Melville, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, and Orson Welles were conceptual young geniuses. He also explains how this changes our understanding of art and its past. Experimental innovators seek, and conceptual innovators find. By illuminating the differences between them, this pioneering book provides vivid new insights into the mysterious processes of human creativity.
Contents:
Cover
Half title
Title
Copyright
Dedication
Contents
List of Illustrations and Tables
Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1 Theory
Experimental and Conceptual Innovators
Archetypes
Planning, Working, and Stopping
Innovation and Age: Old Masters and Young Geniuses
Artists, Scholars, and Art Scholars
Chapter 2 Measurement
Quantifying Artistic Success
Prices
Textbook Illustrations
Examples: Ten Important Modern Painters
Retrospective Exhibitions
Examples: Ten Important American Painters
Museum Collections
Museum Exhibition
Measuring Careers
Chapter 3 Extensions
The Spectrum of Approaches
Can Artists Change?
Anomalies
Chapter 4 Implications
Masters and Masterpieces
The Impressionists' Challenge to the Salon
Masterpieces without Masters
Contrasting Careers
Conflicts
The Globalization of Modern Art
Chapter 5 Before Modern Art
Chapter 6 Beyond Painting
Sculptors
Poets
Novelists
Movie Directors
Chapter 7 Perspectives
Portraits of the Artist as an Experimental or Conceptual Innovator
Portraits of the Artist as a Young or Old Innovator
Psychologists on the Life Cycles of Creativity
Understanding and Increasing Creativity
Seekers and Finders
Notes
Bibliography
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Contributor:
Galenson, David W. W.
Other format:
Print version: Galenson, David W. Old Masters and Young Geniuses
ISBN:
9781400837397
9780691133805
OCLC:
730151763