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Art, Design and Gestalt Theory
Leonardo
  • Roy R. Behrens, University of Northern Iowa
Document Type
Article
Keywords
  • Gestalt psychology,
  • Design,
  • Gestalt theory,
  • Bauhaus,
  • Musical aesthetics,
  • Graphic design,
  • Architectural design,
  • Literature,
  • Visual perception,
  • Abstract art
Disciplines
Abstract

Gestalt psychology was founded in 1910 by three German psychologists, Max Wertheimer, Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Kohler. The author discusses gestalt theory's influence on modern art and design, describes its resemblance to Japanese-inspired theories of aesthetics and finds evidence of a mutual, if limited, interest between the gestalt psychologists and certain artists.

Department
Department of Art
Comments

First published in Leonardo, v.31 n. 4 (1998), pp. 299-303, published by the MIT Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/1576669.

Original Publication Date
1-1-1998
DOI of published version
10.2307/1576669
Repository
UNI ScholarWorks, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library
Date Digital
1998
Copyright
©1998 The MIT Press
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Roy R. Behrens. "Art, Design and Gestalt Theory" Leonardo Vol. 31 Iss. 4 (1998) p. 299 - 303
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/roy-behrens/18/