ideoplastic

Discipline: Art

(1917)

Coined by MAX VORWORM, this term refers to a type of representation which derives from the artist's knowledge of a subject and not from direct observation or memory of an object.

Applied specifically to the study of chil-drens' and primitive peoples' schematic drawings, the theory has been contested by GESTALT psychologists who argue that these works represent general features of primary perception.

Source:
M Vorworm, Zur psychologie der primitiven Kunst (1917)

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