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Description - Artistic Capital by David Galenson

Galenson's work on the history of art is a unique fusion of econometrics and cultural analysis that is unprecedented in the literature on creativity in any discipline, whether economics, psychology, literary studies or art history. Galenson's revealing study brings to light the very different methods by which artists have made innovations. Using hard, historical evidence such as auction data, frequency of textbook illustrations, museum hangings, and comparable data sets, he reveals a powerful relationship between age and artistic creativity. The book's use of this simple but powerful quantitative analysis permits systematic generalization of large numbers of artists. Using it, Galenson examines the careers of over 100 modern painters, poets and novelists including: - van Gogh, Picasso and Warhol - Frost, Lowell and Plath - Dickens, Woolf and Hemingway In drawing conclusions as to where in an artist's career their work was seen as most valuable, Galenson then suggests much wider implications. Pointing to a new and richer history of the modern arts, this fascinating book will be of interest not only to humanists and social scientists, but to anyone interested in the nature of human creativity in general. This book will help entrench Galenson's reputation as a true pioneer in the field of art history and his revolutionary approach will provoke much debate in the years to come.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415701709
ISBN-10: 0415701708
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Galenson

University of Chicago