A Look at Modernism from the Keyboard: The Piano in the Parlor and Abstract Art

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 63)


In the second half of the nineteenth century an awareness slowly developed that painting held within itself the power to tap into that part of the psyche where the passions lie. Music was the ideal example of this, for it had the power to do this without resorting to mimesis, narrative or language. The question was asked again and again by artists and critics whether paint and color could do the same, and with each successive query abstraction became progressively inevitable. Throughout the process music served as a model and a guide, and this, in all likelihood, would not have been the case without an easy access to music, and this was provided by the nineteenth century phenomenon of the piano.


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