Gombrich, Ernest


Gombrich, Ernest
   b. 1909, Vienna (Austria)
   Art historian
   Gombrich moved from Vienna to Britain in 1936. He has spent most of his working life at the Warburg Institute, London. Gombrich’s writings favour broad studies over narrow specialization. He acknowledges historically-located individual achievement, rather than the mechanisms of a suprahuman zeitgeist or an evolution towards perfect reproduction of an objective outside world. Works such as Art and Illusion (1960) analyse the relationship between representational art, scientific approaches, the psychology of perception and socio- historic context. He is best known for The Story of Art (1950) which continues to be art history’s bestselling book. It is as much a thoroughly approachable introduction as it is a recapitulation of a mainly male and Western canon.
   See also: painting
   KAY DICKINSON

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