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Bryson, Norman

GERALDEAGER


Subject Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


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(1949-) British scholar of comparative studies who brings polarities from literary theory (that is, C onnotation / DENOTATION ; S yntagmatic / PARADIGMATIC ) to bear on the discipline of art history. In Word and Image , for example, Bryson examines French painting from LeBrun to David not as a succession of styles but as an interaction between the Discursive and the Figural. This view permits, for example, the painting of Chardin to be viewed not as a bad fit in the rococo style, but as a blend of the discursivity of LeBrun and the figurality of Watteau. See also G aze ; G ombrich , E rnst ; S emiotics ; S tructuralism . 1981 ( 1986 ): Word and Image: French Painting of the Ancien Regime . 1983 ( 1988 ): Vision and Painting: The Logic of the Gaze . 1984 : Tradition and Desire: From David to Delacroix . 1989 : Looking at the Overlooked: Four Essays on Still-life . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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