Rudolf Arnheim’s Gestalt art theory investigates visual perceptual forces and the phenomenon of “isomorphism” in psychological movement by using Chinese images as T’ai-chi tu. By bringing up these Chinese examples, he draws attention to the similarities between Western and Chinese aesthetic conceptions. He employs Chinese ideas, particularly Taoism, to compensate for the shortcomings of the Western mind. Taoist thought led him down a different path, allowing him to critically reflect on western dichotomies that sharply divide perception from thinking and art from science. Arnheim investigates Chinese art from the perspective of western psychology, as well as focuses on western ideas using Chinese culture as a mirror, in order to complement western experience and create a universal empirical aesthetic theory.
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College of Literature and Journalism, Sichuan University, China.
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