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Ernst Gombrich“The Beholder’s Share” By Gloria M Nesse
“Interpretation on the part of the image maker must always be matched by the interpretations of the viewer." -- Gombrich
Ernst Gombrich Born March 30, 1909 in Vienna Austria. Professor of art history at the University of London “The beholders share” is a phrase that Gombrich used to describe the work that the viewer (beholder) had to do to decode the work of art, determine the meaning, and interpret and understand it.
Gombrich and Art His major publications include • The Story of Art (1950) • Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation (1960) • Aby Warburg: An Intellectual Biography (1970), • Symbolic Images (1972) • The Sense of Order: A Study in the Psychology of Decorative Art (1979) Gombrich contributed a large plethora of knowledge and critique in the art world and photography. His insight is very essential and evident in photography today
From this photo by Matthew Connors, you interpret that mud wrestling took place, but it is a creative perspective so the eyes of the beholder have to conclude the meaning of the photo.
Colleen Plumb’s photo of a circus elephant makes you stop to think, and many interpretations can arise.
This photo is interpreted as a horse, but it also is parallel with the sloping mountains behind it, and makes you look closely to see it’s a horse Colleen Plumb
Colleen Plumb. This photo is of a dead baby bird on stairs. It is sad, and could be interpreted as an animal rights photo even.
Sources http://gombrich.co.uk/ www.dictionaryofarthistorians.org/gombriche.html artsalad.wordpress.com