Jung on Art: The Autonomy of the Creative Drive by Tjeu van den Berk

By Tjeu van den Berk

In this ebook, Tjeu van den Berk examines C. G. Jung's own viewpoint on artwork and the way his paintings intensely engages with this subject. It analyses Jung’s profound reflections on inventive issues resembling how we event artwork, the categorical features within the conception of good looks, the character of the artistic approach and the cultured attitude.

Jung on Art considers Jung's emotions approximately artwork easily being 'art' instead of decreasing it to an ethical, political, spiritual or mental product. It additionally discusses Jung’s concept that the artist is just a breeding flooring for a section of paintings, and as soon as entire, the piece has an self sustaining existence.

Topics coated include:

  • symbolism
  • the distinction among artwork and aesthetics
  • Jung's principles approximately himself as an artist
  • the psychology of artwork
  • Jung's standpoint on smooth paintings and surrealism.

This ebook might be of serious curiosity to all Jungian students, in addition to these attracted to the assembly of Jung and art.

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There is no causal relationship between the sexual drive and for example the drive to music; there is only an intermediary or facilitative relationship. Not repression but transformation of the drive During lectures held in London in May 1924, Jung extensively discussed the subject matter of the relationship between art and instinct. He started with the remark that we do not have any clear ideas with respect to the instincts. How must we distinguish them? How many are there? What are they? He asked for modesty.

Dressed up in its feathers, the male bird parades around its bower. Full of bravado, athletic, hissing and stamping about, it tries to impress the grey-brown female that is hiding somewhere and weighing up its options. Of course, the male sings a song. Similarly, the male peacock shows off its feathers. But this is a physical ornament, whereas the bower bird creates something like a ‘work of art’ that functions independently of its physical appearance. Darwin is of course right when he states that the male must have good genes in order to have the time and energy to build such a construction.

In and through the “artistic drive” the creative process is propelled “from below upwards” and receives within the psyche a “radiating” numinous aspect. A difficult start to a career In 1900, it was hard for Jung to adjust to his first employment at the Burghölzli. He soon realised that it was not only he who knew little or nothing about what was going on in the tormented minds of his patients; his colleagues were equally ignorant in this respect. However, this did not seem to trouble them nor did they consult any research.

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