HENRI FOCILLON THE LIFE OF FORMS IN ART PDF

Distributed for Zone Books. One of the most brilliant and important applications of biological metaphors to the study of art. In this classic meditation on the problem of style in art history, Henri Focillon In this beautiful meditation on the history of art and the problem of style, Henri Focillon — describes how art forms change over time. Although he argues that the development of art is irreducible to external political, social, or economic determinants, one of his great achievements was to lodge a concept of autonomous formal mutation within the shifting domain of materials and techniques. Focillon emphasizes the presence of nonsynchronous tendencies within styles that give to artworks a manifold and stratified character. The Life of Forms in Art remains one of the most brilliant and important reflections on the morphology of art.

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The English version of Vie des Formes was exhausted so rapidly, and has become so inaccessible to students and amateurs, that the translators now take advantage of the hospitality of Wittenborn, Schultz, Inc. The translation has been emended in numerous places; more illustrations are added; and the essay, "Eloge de la main," written byFocillon at the time of the second French edition -- and printed with it -- appears for the first time in English, in a translation byS.

Faison, Jr. The illustrations, as in the first English edition, refer to the sense of Focillon's discussion, rather than to specific works of art as mentioned in the text. The Vie des Formes was originally published in Paris in Since then there has been another French edition, and translations into Czech and Danish, although the latter exists only in manuscript. The present text is the first to appear in English. When, about eighteen months ago, work upon it was begun, its distinguished author granted to the translators an entirely free hand.

Their text is, as a result of this generous action, somewhat longer than is that of the original, since a great many words and passages have been liberally extended. No translation is -- or at least should be -- strictly literal. This is peculiarly the case as regards a book whose argument is as penetrating and as revolutionary as is that of the Vie des Formes.

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The English version of Vie des Formes was exhausted so rapidly, and has become so inaccessible to students and amateurs, that the translators now take advantage of the hospitality of Wittenborn, Schultz, Inc. The translation has been emended in numerous places; more illustrations are added; and the essay, "Eloge de la main," written byFocillon at the time of the second French edition -- and printed with it -- appears for the first time in English, in a translation byS. Faison, Jr. The illustrations, as in the first English edition, refer to the sense of Focillon's discussion, rather than to specific works of art as mentioned in the text. The Vie des Formes was originally published in Paris in Since then there has been another French edition, and translations into Czech and Danish, although the latter exists only in manuscript. The present text is the first to appear in English.

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I n The Life of Forms in Art , the volume in which he summed up his theory of art, Henri Focillon argued against any art-historical explanation that tries to account for the evolution of artistic form through exclusively contextual, extrinsic factors. The art historian phrased his view in memorably epigrammatic form: "The most attentive study of the most homogenous milieu, of the most closely woven concatenation of circumstances, will not serve to give us the design of the towers of Laon. Interestingly enough, more recently, Focillon's views have found a close echo in the work of a thinker who can not be so quickly relegated to the backwaters of our discipline. In an important interview from , Jacques Derrida outlined his notion of "the structure of expectation"--the totality of the "historical, ideological, and technical conditions that make possible" a work of art. He pointed out the shortcomings of any historical analysis that limits itself to the interpretation of these conditions, and that believes that it has thereby solved the riddle of the artwork. If there is a work, it means that the analysis of all the conditions only served to, how shall I say, make room, in an absolutely undetermined place, for something that is at once useless, supplementary, and finally irreducible to those conditions. We can easily translate Focillon's insight into Derrida's terms: the design of the towers of Laon exceeds, is supplementary to, its structure of expectation.

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