French Theory is no theory. It is a well-known fact that “Theory,” as in “French Theory,” is neither a theoretical endeavor nor a theoretical manifestation of thought. “Theory” as in “French Theory” has evidently little to do with Plato’s apex of human evolution: contemplation of the ideal form as such. In the Platonic sense, theory is the ultimate abstraction.
In his conversations with Emile Bernard, Paul Cézanne had very violent words about his fellow paintersomeone who had actually been his friend for a while: Paul Gauguin.