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The Way of Seeing: the Exploration of Psychoanalysis to Art

Author WangJingJing
Tutor FanXiaoMing
School China Academy of Art
Course Fine Arts
Keywords Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud Terminology of psychoanalysis Traditional of Art history New Vision
CLC J110.9
Type Master's thesis
Year 2011
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For about 400 years, around the task of interpretation and analysis of art works, history of western art accumulated many ideas and methods about how to looking at Art. The way of seeing is not only related to the fields of philosophy, culture, sociology and psychology, which has an overall view or belong to the subject was rationality, but also include the Iconological analysis, Formalistic theories and inheritance of style. The diversity provides abundant perspectives for researchers of art history and beholders.American art historian professor Laurie Schneider Adams published a collections of essays "Art and Psychoanalysis" in 1993. The book gives a time into one point of view of art history research. That is Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis. Through summarize the overall vision of art history , I hope to find a dimension when psychiatrist first get into the history of western art. Meanwhile, different from other methods of research, the method of psychoanalysis theory is constitute by terminology of psychoanalysis, which is the key to enter the explaination. Through the analysis of Terminology of psychoanalysis and provide how did it used in case, I want to reveal the way of seeing by psychoanalysis. What’s more, what is extended when art historians using psychoanalysis theory to analysis than Freud did originally. That is also I hope to solve through this thesis. For the beholders of art, the way of psychoanalysis set up one channel for them to enter the artist’s mind, make them standing in the artist’s position to reconsider their painting. This is the efforts made by psychoanalysis, but also the reflect of individual consciousness rising with the change of the time. In fact, the reason why history of art is so grace, excellence and fascinate, mostly because these rich vision that we have.

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