Playful Drawings with a Predominant Copying Tendency

  • Hans Prinzhorn


We defined “ordering tendency” as an inclination toward abstract rules of order which were not based on the form elements of a picture. Accordingly the copying tendency is understood as a general inclination toward eidetic images (conceptualizations or ideas) which the viewer can recover from their representations. Nothing is implied here about the kind of representation. We are dealing with a purely psychological concept, which we discussed at greater length on p. 24.


Picture Book Plan Scene Untrained Person Untrained Adult Swiss Farmer 
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