Title: Taste and Temperament : A Brief Study of Psychological Types. First Edition.
Publisher:  Jonathan Cape, London , 1939,
Seller ID: 98660
EVANS, Joan. Taste and Temperament : A Brief Study of Psychological Types. By Joan Evans, D.Litt., D.Lit., Hon. Fellow of St. Hugh's College. London :Jonathan Cape, (1939). First Edition. Pp (6),7-128 + 16 leaves of illustra tions at rear. 8vo, green cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "I can hardly claim that the present brief study is of 'the psychology of beauty'; but it isan attempt to clear away certain generalizations, and to show that it is a s important to discriminate between the types of perceiving men as it is todistinguish between the genres of art. There are two points which I wish t o make clear. First, my work has no claims whatsoever to be a scientific investigation. Such an inquiry would only be possible could I collect some hundreds of people of artistic susceptibility and varying nationality and training, have the psychological temperament of each diagnosed by the same psychologist, and then escort them on a tour of the masterpieces of painting, architecture and sculpture, with facilities for recording the occasions when each one experienced the aesthetic thrill and his account of what caused it. I should be happy to offer myself as a subject for such an investigation, but am not prepared to undertake its organization. Secondly, this is not a book of aesthetic philosophy. I have neither the training nor the temperament of a philosopher, and have no wish to trespass on his field. The book may, I hope, interest psychologists and students of aesthetics; but it iswritten with no more scientific exactitude, no more philosophic depth and no more ethical responsibility than any other piece of art criticism. If ithas any value, it is firstly because it takes account of temperamental dif ferences in the man who is spectator or artist; and secondly because it is concerned with the visual arts, that normally receive less consideration from the aesthetic thinker than the arts of music, drama and literature.' - from the preface. Contents : Preface; 1. The Theory of the Temperaments; 2. Psychological Types; 3 Taste in the Fine Arts; 4. The Practising Artist; 5.Conclusion. With index. Some browning to cloth, name, else very good, with a clean, solid interior. 28.00