The Still Life as a Personal Object—A Note on Heidegger and van Gogh

  • Meyer Schapiro


In his essay on The Origin of the Work of Art (3, 4), Martin Heidegger interprets a painting by van Gogh to illustrate the nature of art as a disclosure of truth.1


Personal Object Peasant Woman Wear Shoe Young Pastor Dark Opening 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meyer Schapiro
    • 1
  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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