Wilhelm Worringer

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  • Josh Dittrich (University of Toronto)

Wilhelm Worringer (1881-1965) was a German art historian who exerted a subtle but enduring influence both in and beyond his academic field. His work as an art critic was crucial to the aesthetic development of German Expressionism and European modernism, and his first and most famous book, Abstraktion und Einfühlung (1907; Abstraction and Empathy: A Contribution to the Psychology of Style, 1908) – besides being a perennial reference for art historians – has had a distinct impact on literary theory and philosophy in Europe and North America. Considered one of the first theorists of aesthetic abstraction in the twentieth century, as well as one of the first critics to coin the term “Expressionist”, …

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Dittrich, Josh. "Wilhelm Worringer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2015
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