Tradition and Desire: From David to Delacroix by Norman BrysonTradition and Desire: From David to Delacroix by Norman Bryson

Tradition and Desire: From David to Delacroix

byNorman Bryson

Paperback | March 27, 1987

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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.
Title:Tradition and Desire: From David to DelacroixFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.51 inPublished:March 27, 1987Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521335620

ISBN - 13:9780521335621


Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Tradition and its discontents; 2. David and the problem of inheritance; 3. Mortal sight: The Oath of the Horatii; 4. Visionary delays: Ingres in the atelier of David; 5. Tradition and desire; 6. Desire in the Bourbon library; Epilogue; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

'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