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Master of Arts (M.A.)




This study is concerned with the understanding as a way to enjoyment of the anti-literal in modern art.1 The work of art is regarded as the locus of various cultural factors--a live product of the vital energies of its age and itself a source as well as a reflection. The analysis of these cultural factors lays no claim to completeness. It seeks merely to indicate in simple language the layman can understand, conditions, forces, and stimuli in the artist's milieu which are potential motivations of his artistic idiom2 and through the examination of those influential factors, to try to discover why the artist chose the anti-literal idoms.