Arnold Hauser was born in Hungary and studied literature and the history of art at the universities of Budapest, Vienna, Berlin and Paris
Arnold Hauser was born in Hungary and studied literature and the history of art at the universities of Budapest, Vienna, Berlin and Paris. In 1921 he returned to Berlin to study economics and sociology under Ernst Troeltsch. From 1923 to 1938 he lived in Vienna where he began work on The Social History of Art.
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Short Description Description. Johanna Drucker, Professor of Art History, State University of New York ‘Harris’s introductions to each volume-dealing with Hauser’s aims, principles, concepts and terms are extremely usefu. .No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilized in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers.
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Hauser's last book, Soziologie der Kunst (1974, Sociology of Art), which he wrote racing against time and declining health, investigated the social and economic determinants of art. In this pessimistic work he distanced himself from Marxism and historical determinism. The foreseeable future," he said, "lies in the shadow of the atom bomb, of political dictatorship, of unbridled violence and cynical nihilism.
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In his general introduction to The Social History of Art, Jonathan Harris asseses the importance of the work for contemporary art history and visual culture.
Arnold Hausers Social History of Art - a very important and under-appreciated text. Whitney Davis, John Evans Professor of Art History, Northwestern University. It is no exaggeration to say that more than any other work Hauser's four volumes inspired my interest in art history. Alan Wallach, Ralph H Wark Professor of Art History, College of William and Mary. This work has great value in a contemporary context. I look forward to seeing what Jonathan has done with the introduction, but I cannot think of anyone better suited to the task.
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Open it anywhere-- at the Age of Englightenment in Greece, at the Age of the Migrations and the Carolingian Renaissance, at the Concept of the Baroque, at Revolution and Art, or Impressionism, wherever you like -- you are held by the weight of the argument, confident in the immense knowledge of the author. Other books have dealt with portions of this vast subject, but no single book has covered its whole range with such fullness and power |o Scotsman