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Preference for the Primitive

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Professor Gombrich's last book and first narrative work in over 20 years.
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Available in paperback for the first time, Professor Gombrich's highly-acclaimed last book offers a revealing insight into the history and psychology of taste. The Preference for the Primitive is a study of the idea that older and less sophisticated ('primitive') works are somehow morally and aesthetically superior to later works that have become soft and decadent. Summing up more than 40 years of study and reflection on this theme, this book presents a closely argued narrative supported by extensive quotations that document with precision the role of authors, critics and artists in shaping and changing opinion.

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Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd.
ISBN 9780714846323
Published 14/04/2006
Binding Paperback
Pages 324
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Available in paperback for the first time, Professor Gombrich's highly-acclaimed last book offers a revealing insight into the history and psychology of taste. The Preference for the Primitive is a study of the idea that older and less sophisticated ('primitive') works are somehow morally and aesthetically superior to later works that have become soft and decadent. Summing up more than 40 years of study and reflection on this theme, this book presents a closely argued narrative supported by extensive quotations that document with precision the role of authors, critics and artists in shaping and changing opinion.