What Influences Audience Response to Figure Painting?

  title={What Influences Audience Response to Figure Painting?},
  author={Maria E. Malott},
  journal={The Psychological Record},
According to Mechner (2017), the aesthetic response is characterized by a “surprise-tinged” emotion that has no immediate function and tends to be reinforcing, and is influenced by the social context and priming history of the respondent. Consistent with Mechner’s views, I illustrate how cultural and individual factors affect the aesthetic response using examples of realistic figure paintings of American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Cultural factors such as established values… CONTINUE READING

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