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The Psychology of Art Pt8 - The Psychology of Art Past...

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The Psychology of Art: Past, Present, Future PROCESS AND CULTURE But imagination is only one of the constituent processes in artistic creation. They operate in complex, ever-changing configurations, mostly inaccessible to observation. Many theoretical attempts have been made to describe recurrent general traits of artistic production and performance and also some of the main varieties, especially in relation to different personality types. As data, the reports of artists on how they think out and execute their work differ greatly in value. More significant data are sometimes available in an artist's series of preliminary sketches or rough drafts, showing a work at various stages of development. The artistic process varies greatly as to the artist's type of personality (e.g., planful or impulsive, introverted or extraverted) and also as to the styles and theories of art which are current at the time. Today, the desire of some contemporary painters to create impulsively and automatically has been encouraged by the teachings of Zen Buddhism, not always thoroughly understood. Artistic processes also differ considerably from one art or medium to another. In some, such as architecture, more practical, technological thinking is required, as well as attention to economic factors and the particular tastes of the patron. In others,
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