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Paul Hartal

Summary
Paul Hartal (born 1936) is a Canadian painter and poet, born in Szeged, Hungary. He has created the term "Lyrical Conceptualism" to characterize his style in both painting and poetry, attempting to unite the scientific with the creative, or intuitive. Lyco art: Hartal's art theory Lyco art, or lyrical conceptualism, is a term coined by Hartal. In 1975, Hartal published A Manifesto on Lyrical Conceptualism, introducing Lycoism as a new art idea on the "periodic table of art." In this work, Hartal proposes a theory of art which runs contrary to what he claims is the traditional belief, that emotion and intellect are at odds with each other. Hartal proposes the idea that artists should be allowed to contribute to the emotional and intellectual development of society as scientists do. In 1975 the Lyrical Conceptualism Society was established in Canada, directed by Hartal. In Mazes for the Mind, Clifford Pickover draws attention to Hartal's view that we need the imagination,
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