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Word and Image French Painting of the Ancien R�gime

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ISBN-10: 0521276543

ISBN-13: 9780521276542

Edition: N/A

Authors: Norman Bryson

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This book, now recognised as a classic, has done perhaps more than any other single work to change the face of art criticism in the twentieth century. Whereas previous books on French painting looked only at the history of painting as an evolution of artistic styles (baroque, rococo, neo-classical, and so on), Norman Bryson examines the evolution of narrative styles: the kinds of stories paintings tell, the ways they communicate their information, the different techniques of presenting the body as an instrument for incorporating textual messages. The procedure is applied to a number of painters: LeBrun, Watteau, Greuze, David and others, and the author demonstrates that the relation of…    
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/28/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.89" wide x 9.72" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

List of illustrations
Discourse, figure
The legible body: LeBrun
Watteau and reverie
Transformations in rococo space
Greuze and the pursuit of happiness
Diderot and the word
Diderot and the image
Conclusion: style or sign?
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