Rudolf Arnheim

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Arnheim in the 1950s. Photo: John Gay.
Born July 15, 1904(1904-07-15)
Berlin, German Empire (today Germany)
Died June 9, 2007(2007-06-09) (aged 102)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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Rudolf Arnheim (1904–2007) was a German-born author, art and film theorist, and perceptual psychologist. His major books are Visual Thinking (1969), The Power of the Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts (1982), and Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye (1954). He lived in Germany, Italy, England, and the United States.

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

Film als Kunst, 1932.
  • Film als Kunst, Berlin: Rowohlt, 1932, 344 pp; Munich: Hanser, 1974; new ed., afterw. Helmut H. Diederichs, Frankfurt am Main: Fischer, 1979, 348 pp; Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2002. (German)
    • Film as Art, University of California Press, 1957, 230 pp. (English)
    • Kino kak iskusstvo, Moscow, 1960. (Russian)
    • Geijutsu to shiteno eiga [芸術としての映画], trans. Nobuo Shiga, 1960. (Japanese)
    • Film jako sztuka, trans. Wanda Wertenstein, Warsaw: Wydawnictwa artystyczne i filmowe, 1961, 187+16 pp. (Polish)
    • Film kao umetnost, trans. Dušan Stojanović, intro. Vladimir Petrić, Belgrade: Narodna knjiga, 1962, xlvii+259 pp. (Serbo-Croatian)
    • A film mint művészet, trans. Zsuzsa Szekeres, Budapest: Magyar filmtudományi Intézet és Filmarchívum, 1962, 265 pp; repr., Budapest: Gondolat, 1985. (Hungarian)
    • Fī̄lm bih ʻunvān-i hunar, trans. Farīdūn Muʻizzī Muqaddam, Tehran: Amīr Kabīr, 1361 [1982], 187 pp. (Persian)
    • Le cinéma est un art, trans. Françoise Pinel, Paris: L'Arche, 1989, 237 pp. (French)
    • A arte do cinema, trans. Maria da C.L. da Silva, Lisbon: Edições 70, 1989, 181 pp. (Portuguese)
    • Kinoto kato izkustvo: studii i statii [Киното като изкуство: Студии и статии], ed. Aleksandŭr Grozev, trans. Gergana Fŭrkova, Sofia: Nauka i Izkustvo, 1989, 443 pp. (Bulgarian)
    • Film kot umetnost, trans. Petra Kaloh, afterw. Vid Pečjak, Ljubljana: Krtina, 2000, 167 pp. (Slovenian)
    • Sanat olarak sinema, trans. Rabia Ünal-Tamdoğan, Ankara: Öteki Yay, 2002; 2nd ed., Istanbul: Hil Yayın, 2010. (Turkish)
    • Το φιλμ ως τέχνη: Οι θεμελιώδεις αρχές της τέχνης του κινηματογράφου, trans. Μάκης Μωραΐτης, Athens: Kathreftis, 2008, 219 pp. [1] (Greek)
    • Cinema como arte: as técnicas da linguagem audiovisual, trans. & afterw. Marco Bonetti, Rio de Janeiro: Muiraquitã, 2012, 296 pp. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Radio: An Art of Sound, trans. Margaret Ludwig and Herbert Read, London: Faber and Faber, 1936, xvi+296 pp; New York: Arno Press, 1971, 287 pp. (English)
    • Rundfunk als Hörkunst, Munich: Hanser, 1979, 168 pp. (German)
    • La radio cerca la sua forma, trentadue tavole fuori testo, Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1937, xvi+288 pp. (Italian)
    • La radio: l'arte dell'ascolto, trans. Kurt Röllin, pref. Emilio Garroni, Rome: Riuniti, 1987, xiv+168 pp; 2nd ed. as La radio l'arte dell'ascolto: e altri saggi, Rome: Editori riuniti, 1993. (Italian)
    • Radio, trans. Lambert Barthélémy with Gilles Moutot, pref. Martin Kaltenecker, Paris: Van Dieren, 2005, 269 pp. (French)
  • Toward a Psychology of Art, University of California Press, 1949; 1966. (English)
    • Vers une psychjologie de l'art: suite d'essais, trans. Nina Godneff, Paris: Seghers, 1973, 397 pp. (French)
    • Geijutsu shinrigaku no tameni [芸術心理学のために], trans. Kazuo Seki, Tokyo: Jiyūsha, 1987. (Japanese)
  • Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye, University of California Press, 1954; exp. & rev. ed., 1974, 508 pp. (English)
    • Arte e percezione visiva, trans. & intro. Gillo Dorfles, Milan: Feltrinelli, 1962, xxiii+402 pp; 2nd ed., 1977. (Italian)
    • Bijutsu to shikaku bi to sōzō no shinrigaku [美術と視覚: 美と創造の心理学], trans. Kanji Hatano and Kazuo Seki, Tokyo: Bijutsushuppansha, 1964. (Japanese)
    • Kunst und Sehen: Psychologie des Schöpferischen Auges, Berlin: W. de Gruyter, 1965, 19+436 pp. (German)
    • Umetnost i vizuelno opažanje: psihologija stvaralačkog gledanja, trans. Vojin Stojić, Belgrade: Umetnička akademija, 1971, 461 pp; 2nd ed., Belgrade: Univerzitet umetnosti, 1987, 435 pp. (Serbo-Croatian)
    • Iskusstvo i vizualnoe vospriyatie, trans. V.N. Samokhin, Moscow: Progress, 1974, 392 pp; 2000. (Russian)
    • Sztuka i percepcja wzrokowa: psychologia twórczego oka, trans. Jolanta Mach, Warsaw: Wydawnictwa Artystyczne i Filmowe, 1978, 505 pp; repr., Gdańsk: Wydaw. słowo/obraz terytoria, 2004; repr., Łódź: Officyna, 2013. (Polish)
    • Arta şi percepţia vizuală: o psihologie a văzului creator, trans. Florin Ionescu, intro. Victor Ernest Masek, Bucharest: Meridiane, 1979, 491 pp; 2nd ed., Iaşi: Polirom, 2011, 500 pp, ARG. (Romanian)
    • A vizuális élmény: az alkotó látás pszichológiája, trans. József Szili and Gyula Tellér, Budapest: Gondolat, 1979, 559 pp; repr., Budapest: Aldus, 2004. (Hungarian)
    • Arte y percepción visual, trans. María Luisa Balseiro, 1979; 2002. (Spanish)
    • Arte e percepção visual, trans. Ivonne Terezinha de Faria, 1980; 2005. (Brazilian Portuguese)
    • Yi shu yu shi zhi jiao: shi jiao yi shu xin li xue, trans. Shouyao Teng and Jiangyuan Zhu, Beijing: Zhong guo she hui ke xue chu ban she, 1984, 640 pp; repr., Cheng dou: Si chuan ren min chu ban she, 1998. (Chinese)
    • Technē kai optikē antilēpsē: ē psychologia tēs dēmiourgikēs orasēs [Τέχνη και οπτική αντίληψη: Η ψυχολογία της δημιουργικής όρασης], trans. Iakōvos Potamianos, Athens: Themélio, 1999, 551 pp. [2] (Greek)
  • Picasso's Guernica, University of California Press, 1962; 1974. (English)
    • "Pikasoova Gernika: geneza jedne slike", trans. Vojin Stojić, Časopis za književnost, umetnost i kulturu, Vrnjačka banja, 1974, pp 646-788. (Serbo-Croatian)
  • Visual Thinking, University of California Press, 1969. (English)
    • Anschauliches Denken : zur Einheit von Bild und Begriff, Cologne: DuMont, 1972, 322 pp. (German)
    • Shikakuteki shikō: sōzō shinrigaku no sekai [視覚的思考 : 創造心理学の世界], trans. Kazuo Seki, Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppansha, 1974. (Japanese)
    • La pensée visuelle, trans. Claude Noël and Marc Le Cannu, Paris: Flammarion, 1976, 354 pp. (French)
    • Vizuelno mišljenje: jedinstvo slike i pojma, trans. Vojin Stojić, Belgrade: Unverzitet umetnosti u Beogradu, 1985, 285 pp. (Serbo-Croatian)
    • El pensamiento visual, trans. Rubén Masera, Barcelona: Paidós, 1986, ARG. (Spanish)
    • Shi jue si wei: shen mei zhi jue xin li xue [视觉思维: 审美直觉心理学], trans. Shouyao Teng, Beijing: Guang ming ri bao chu ban she, 1986. (Chinese)
    • Görsel düşünme, trans. Rahmi Öğdül, Istanbul: Metis Yayınları, 2007. (Turkish)
    • Οπτική σκέψη, trans. Iakōvos Potamianos and Giōta Vryōni, Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2007, 445 pp. [3] (Greek)
    • Myślenie wzrokowe, trans. Marek Chojnacki, Gdańsk: Wydawnictwo Słowo/Obraz Terytoria, 2011, 397 pp. (Polish)
  • editor, Art et perception: compte rendu du 2e Congrès extraordinaire / Art and Perception: Minutes of the 2nd Congress Extraordinary, Ottawa: International Association of Art Critics, 1970, 211 pp. (French)/(English)
  • Entropy and Art: Essay on Disorder and Order, University of California Press, 1971, 64 pp; 2010. (English)
    • Entropia e arte: saggio sul disordine e l'ordine, trans. Renato Pedio, Torino: Einaudi, 1981, 92 pp. (Italian)
    • Entoropī to geijutsu: chitsujo to muchitsujo [エントロピーと芸術: 秩序と無秩序に関する考察], trans. Kazuo Seki, Fukuoka: Sōgensha, 1985. (Japanese)
    • Εντροπία και τέχνη, trans. Iakōvos Potamianos, Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2003, 114 pp. [4] (Greek)
  • The Dynamics of Architectural Form, University of California Press, 1977. (English)
    • Ē dynamikē tēs architektonikēs morphēs [Η δυναμική της αρχιτεκτονικής μορφής], trans. Iakōvos Potamianos, Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2003, 404 pp. [5] (Greek)
    • La forma visual de la arquitectura, trans. Esther Labarta, Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 1978, 229 pp; 2nd ed., 2001. (Spanish)
    • Kenchiku keitai no dainamikusu [建築形態のダイナミクス], trans. Masao Inui, Tokyo: Kajima Shuppankai, 1980. (Japanese)
    • Dinamika architekturnych form, Moscow: Strojizdat, 1984, 191 pp. (Russian)
    • Dynamique de la forme architecturale, trans. Michèle Schoffeniels-Jeunehomme and Geneviève Van Cauwenberge, Brussels: Pierre Mardaga, 1986, 284 pp. (French)
    • Dynamika formy architektonicznej, trans. Adam Grzeliński and Dariusz Juruś, Łódź: Officyna, 2016, 302 pp. (Polish)
  • Kritiken und Aufsätze zum Film, ed. Helmut H. Diederichs, Munich: Hanser, 1977, 364 pp. (German)
    • Film Essays and Criticism, trans. Brenda Benthien, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997, x+253 pp. (English)
  • The Power of the Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts, University of California Press, 1982, 249 pp; rev.ed., 1988, x+239 pp. (English)
    • Die Macht der Mitte. Eine Kompositionslehre für die bildenten Künste, Cologne, 1983. (German)
    • Chūshin no chikara [中心の力: 美術における構図の研究], trans. Kazuo Seki, 1983. (Japanese)
    • El poder del centro: estudio sobre la composición en las artes visuales, Madrid: Alianza, 1984, 250 pp. (Spanish)
    • Forţa centrului vizual: un studiu al compoziţiei în artele vizuale, trans. Luminiţa Ciocan, pref. Lucian Dragomirescu, Bucharest: Meridiane, 1991, 239 pp; repr., Iaşi: Polirom, 2012, 216 pp, PDF, ARG. Excerpts. (Romanian)
    • Chungsim ŭi him: sigak yesul ŭi kusŏng e kwanhan yŏn'gu, trans. Yong-do Chŏng, Seoul: Nunpit, 1995, 311 pp. (Korean)
    • Kompozice podle Rudolfa Arnheima, trans. Josef Hlaváček, intro. Jiří David, Prague: Univerzita Karlova, Pedagogická fakulta, 1997, 78 pp. (Czech)
  • New Essays on the Psychology of Art, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1986, xi+331 pp. (English)
    • Intuição e intelecto na arte, trans. Jefferson Luiz Camargo, São Paulo: Martins Fontes, 1989, ARG; 2nd ed., 2004, 356 pp. (Brazilian Portuguese)
    • Novye ocherki po psikhologii iskusstva [Новые очерки по психологии искусства], Moscow: Prometei, 1994, 352 pp. (Russian)
    • Novi eseji o psihologiji umjetnosti, trans. Vesna Domany-Hardy, Zagreb: Matica hrvatska, 2008, 342 pp. (Croatian)
  • Parables of Sun Light: Observations on Psychology, the Arts, and the Rest, University of California Press, 1989, ix+369 pp. (English)
  • To the Rescue of Art: Twenty-Six Essays, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1992. (English)
    • Za spas umetnosti: dvadeset šest eseja, Belgrade: Studentski kulturni centar, 2003, 269 pp. (Serbian)
  • The Split and the Structure: Twenty-Eight Essays, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996, ix+184 pp. (English)
  • Eine verkehrte Welt. Phantastischer Roman, ed. Thomas B. Schumann, Hürth bei Köln: Memoria, 1996, 300 pp. (German)
    • Tersine dünya, trans. İlknur İgan, Istanbul: Ithaki, 2016, 252 pp. (Turkish)
  • Die Seele in der Silberschicht. Medientheoretische Schriften, ed. Helmut H. Diederichs, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2004, 432 pp. [6] (German)
  • I baffi di Charlot. Scritti italiani sul cinema 1932–1938, ed. Adriano D'Aloia, pref. Leonardo Quaresima, Turin: Kaplan, 2009. [7] (Italian)
  • Rudolf Arnheim, intro. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2012, 10+[40] pp. (English)/(German)

Selected essays[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Kent Kleinman, Leslie Van Duzer (eds.), Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision, University of Michigan Press, 1997, 128 pp. Review: Behrens (Leonardo). (English)
  • Ian Verstegen, Arnheim, Gestalt and Art: A Psychological Theory, Vienna: Springer, 2005. (English)

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