Abstract

The essay provides a theoretical and historical analysis of Ernst Kris and Otto Kurz’s study of The Legend of the Artist, first published in German in 1934 and republished in English in 1979. While Kris and Kurz’s book has been recognized as an essential scholarly compendium of artist biographies and a crucial contribution to art history, its nuanced thesis on the afterlife of mythical thinking has usually passed unnoticed. This essay explores both the theoretical significance of Kris and Kurz’s psychological thesis and its application to the cultural and political situation at the time of its original publication.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1085-7931
Print ISSN
0065-860X
Pages
pp. 29-51
Launched on MUSE
2014-03-24
Open Access
No
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