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Abell, Walter

    Full Name: Abell, Walter

    Other Names:

    • Walter Halsey Abell

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1897

    Date Died: 1956

    Place Born: Brooklyn, Cattaraugus, NY, USA

    Place Died: East Lansing, Ingham, MI, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): art theory, Marxism, and psychology


    Art educator and theorist, applied Marxist and psychological approaches to his interpretations of art. Sponsored by Barnes Foundation to study in France. Taught: Antioch College, 1925-27; Acadia University (Canada), 1928-43; Michigan State University, 1943-56.

    Selected Bibliography

    Collective Dream in Art: A Psycho-Historical Theory of Culture based on Relations between the Arts, Psychology, and the Social Sciences. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1957; Representation and Form: A Study of Aesthetic Values in Representational Art. New York: Scribners, 1936; Canadian Aspirations in Painting. Quebec: Culture, 1942; Pleasure From Art : a Guide to Reading. Ottawa: Canadian Legion Educational Services, 1944.


    Kleinbauer, W. Eugene. Research Guide to the History of Western Art. (Sources of Information in the Humanities, no. 2). Chicago: American Library Association, 1982, 101; Kleinbauer, W. Eugene. Modern Perspectives in Western Art History: An Anthology of 20th-Century Writings on the Visual Arts. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971, 74; Who Was Who in American Art . New York: R.R. Bowker, 1956: 2.


    Contributors: Emily Crockett and Lee Sorensen


    Emily Crockett and Lee Sorensen. "Abell, Walter." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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