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Tradition and Desire : From David to Delacroix - Norman Bryson

Tradition and Desire

From David to Delacroix

Paperback Published: 18th May 1987
ISBN: 9780521335621
Number Of Pages: 252

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In this highly original book Norman Bryson applied 'structuralist' and 'post-structuralist' approaches to French Romantic Painting. He considers the work of David, Ingres and Delacroix as artists who found themselves within an artistic tradition that had nothing creative to offer them.

'this is an important book which cuts into the fabric of nineteenth-century art historical studies ... What Bryson has to say demands and deserves serious attention and sustained consideration.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Bryson's own contribution may ultimately have the inestimable value of incitement in a field in which new methods can play a central and revitalising role.' Burlington Magazine 'Particularly impressive is the manner in which, comfortable with the language of the various interpretation theories (Bryson) renders even the technical problems of painting easily accessible to his interdisciplinary audience. Thus integrating contemporary critical theory with the particular demands of art history and criticism, Bryson not only argues persuasively for a new direction in that single discipline; he reaffirms the work of interpretation as the common ground of humanists in all disciplines and so doing, provides a stunning example of critical practice at its very best.' French Review

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Tradition and its discontents
David and the problem of inheritance
Mortal sight: The Oath of the Horatii
Visionary delays: Ingres in the atelier of David
Tradition and desire
Desire in the Bourbon library
Epilogue
Notes
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521335621
ISBN-10: 0521335620
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 18th May 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.41