Sociology of art

The sociology of art is a subfield of sociology concerned with the social worlds of art and aesthetics.

Studying the sociology of art throughout history is the study of the social history of art, how various societies contributed to the appearance of certain artists.

In her 1970 book Meaning and Expression: Toward a Sociology of Art, Hanna Deinhard gives these defining features of a sociology of art: "The point of departure of the sociology of art is the question: How is it possible that works of art, which always originate as products of human activity within a particular time and society and for a particular time, society, or function -- even though they are not necessarily produced as 'works of art' -- can live beyond their time and seem expressive and meaningful in completely different epochs and societies? On the other hand, how can the age and society that produced them be recognized in the works?[1]"

See also

Raymonde Moulin "The French Art Market", Rutgers University Press, 1987 ISBN 0-8135-1232-8


  1. Deinhard, Hanna (1970). Meaning and Expression: Toward a Sociology of Art. Boston: Beacon Press. p. 3.

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