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Anton Ehrenzweig (b.1908 d.1966) a trained lawyer who was very interested in modern art and modern music and who abandoned his formal career after fleeing Austria after the "Anschluss" with Germany in 1938. He studied law, psychology and art in Vienna and settled in England in 1938. He was a lecturer in Art Education at Goldsmith College, University of London. He wrote The Psychoanalysis of Artistic Vision and Hearing (1953)[1] and The Hidden Order of Art (1967)[2]. He also published numerous articles[3] [4] [5][6] [7]. His ideas can be summarized as the discovery of the organizing role of the unconscious mind in any act of creativity & an analysis of the layered structure of the unconscious mind & of the dynamic mental processes which an artist undergoes in the creative act.

The Hidden Order of Art has been in continuous publication since 1967, and is considered one of the three classics of art psychology, along with Rudolf_Arnheim's Art and Visual Perception and Herschel_Chipp's Theories of Modern Art.


  1. ^ Ehrenzweig A (1953) The Psychoanalysis of Artistic Vision and Hearing New York, Geo Braziller
  2. ^ Ehrenzweig A (1967) The Hidden Order of Art Paladin
  3. ^ Ehrenzweig A (1949)'The Origin of the Scientific and Heroic Urge' Intern J Psychoanal 30/2, 1949
  4. ^ Ehrenzweig A (1960) 'Alienation versus Self-Expression' The Listener LXIII 1613 1960
  5. ^ Ehrenzweig A (1964) 'The Undifferentiated Matrix of Artistic Imagination' The Psychoanalytic Study of Society III 1964
  6. ^ Ehrenzweig A (1965) 'Towards a Theory of Art Education' (A Report) Goldsmiths College University of London
  7. ^ Ehrenzweig A (1965) 'Bridget Riley's pictorial Space' Art International IX/I 1965


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