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Abell, Walter [Halsey]

Date born:

January 1, 1897

Place born:

Place Born:  Brooklyn, NY

Date died:

January 1, 1956

Place died:

East Lansing, MI


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.

Home country:

United States


Sources:  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.


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.