By Hans Prinzhorn
Not anyone is extra aware of the faults of this paintings than the writer. accordingly a few self -criticism might be woven into this foreward. There are attainable methodologically natural options to this book's subject: a descriptive catalog of the photographs couched within the language of usual technological know-how and accompanied by means of a medical and psychopathological description of the sufferers, or a very metaphysically dependent research of the method of pictorial composition. in keeping with the latter, those strange works, defined psychologically, and the phenomenal circumstances on which they're dependent will be built-in as a playful version of human expression right into a overall photo of the ego lower than the concept that of an inborn artistic urge, at the back of which we'd then in basic terms need to find a common desire for expression as an instinctive origin. in short, such an research might stay within the realm of phenomenologically saw existential kinds, thoroughly self sustaining of psychiatry and aesthetics. The compromise among those natural strategies needs to inevitably be piecework and needs to always protect itself opposed to the hazards of fragmentation. we're at risk of being chuffed with natural description, the novelistic enlargement of information and questions of precept; pitfalls will be really easy to prevent if we had using a sincerely defined procedure. however the difficulties of a brand new, or not less than by no means heavily labored, box defy the method of each demonstrated topic.
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The cloudy images affered by ink spots are of course especially inspirational. Many an introvert has filled his quiet hours with them. The series of blot graphics made by Justinus Kernerand accompanied by poems in which he freely expanded his interpretations of the grotesque motifs of the "pictures," are the most familiar. The readiness for interpretive play is, according to these superficial Observations, dependent on a person's general attitude toward his environment. Those people whom we found particularly susceptible agree that their relationship to the world is more affective than perceptive.
Indeed, all playful, aimless activities are to be understood only as expressive gestures and are to be given importance only as such. The examples of such aimless activity referred to in this chapter all have the closest relation to the basic problems of configuration. We shall have the key to all that follows only when it has become clear through the examples how far this aimless, rationally incomprehensible, playful attitude extends into the most complicated artistic creations. For this reason we also treated here the interpretation of undefined forms even though discussing all of them together could be attacked on methodological grounds.
19 the whole picture to accidental details. Many graphic artists play a similar game of improvisation by abandoning their copperplate to chance for a few moments during etching and then appraising the result, or by allowing the grain of the wood block to stand out in printing. We come now to the constraint imposed by any given block of marble. We know that Michelangelo allowed hirnself to be inspired by such a block to interpret a figure into it, and we find that numerous other examples of plastic art have similar histories.
Artistry of the Mentally Ill: A Contribution to the Psychology and Psychopathology of Configuration by Hans Prinzhorn