Leonardo
Volume 31, Issue 4
August 1998

112 pages
ISSN 0024-094X
E-ISSN 1530-9282

Historical Perspective on the Arts, Sciences and Technology

Art, Design and Gestalt Theory

pp.
299
303
Article PDF (905.29 KB)
Abstract

Gestalt psychology was founded in 1910 by three German psychologists, Max Wertheimer, Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Köhler. The author discusses gestalt theory's influence on modern art and design, describes its resemblance to Japanese-inspired theories of aesthetics and finds evidence of a mutual, if limited, interest between the gestalt psychologists and certain artists.