- Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:25 am
I think the best support for answer C here is this line from the first paragraph: "Watteau provided his age with an influential image of itself, and nineteenth-century writers accepted this image as genuine. " This sets the tone for the rest of the passage, in which the author keeps pointing out how the 19th Century writers basically deluded themselves into thinking that Watteau's work was somehow an accurate and true representation of what 18th Century France was like, despite the fact that Watteau died at the beginning of that century and that those first two decades represented a reality very different from what he painted.
Be careful about assuming too much about an author's position, flowskiferda! While the author does indicate that some 19th Century writers gave a little consideration to the realities of Watteau's life in order to refute that deterministic theory, at no point does the author suggest that he is open to that theory, even a little bit. Nor is there any indication what most of those writers thought about determinism. It would be hard to say that the author had anything good to say about that theory, since his description of Watteau's work is very much at odds with his description of his life experiences!
Looked at another way, perhaps most of the 19th Century admirers of Watteau DID believe in the deterministic theory, but they "simply ignored" Watteau's actual heredity and environment in favor of their preferred view. They had a "blind spot" when it came to Watteau.
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