Thinking in the Box: The Benefits of Artistic Tradition in the Nineteenth Century

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May 26, 2021

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Représentations Histoire de l'art Nineteenth-century art tradition


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OpenEdition, « Thinking in the Box: The Benefits of Artistic Tradition in the Nineteenth Century », Calenda, le calendrier des lettres, des sciences humaines et sociales, ID : 10670/1.s4bpqd


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Tradition is art history's eternal Other: it is that which must be overcome, resisted, thrown off or, if a compromise must be made, creatively appropriated. The history of the art of the nineteenth century, that 'great' age of innovation, progress and revolution, is more than any other rooted in anti-traditionalist sentiment, steeped in a rhetoric that privileges innovation and bound to narrative structures geared against artistic tradition. Modernist and other teleological histories of nineteenth-century art have always emphasised change and novelty.

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