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Innovation In Artworks And Its Reception: A Phenomenological Approach



    () (Department of Economics and Finance, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, North Point, Hong Kong)


This paper seeks to explain the reception of a novel idea in artworks from a phenomenological perspective, with special reference to creativity in oil painting. It argues that whether a new idea in artwork is accepted or not by the community is a matter of subjective interpretation. Based on human agency theories put forwarded by Max Weber and Alfred Schutz, this paper uses the concept of intersubjective understanding to explain how innovative works are interpreted and accepted by the community. The phenomenological approach to understand an artwork is illustrated by oil paintings of Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.

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  • Fu-Lai Tony Yu, 2010. "Innovation In Artworks And Its Reception: A Phenomenological Approach," International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (IJITM), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 7(02), pages 145-160.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijitmx:v:07:y:2010:i:02:n:s021987701000188x
    DOI: 10.1142/S021987701000188X

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    1. Bourguignon, Annick & Dorsett, Christopher, 2003. "Creativity: Can Artistic Perspectives Contribute to Management Questions?," ESSEC Working Papers DR 03020, ESSEC Research Center, ESSEC Business School.
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