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The Romanticism Art Movement

Following the French Revolution, Romanticism dominated the world of Western Art for almost a century.

5. Overview of the Style -

The Romantic Art Movement, commonly referred to as Romanticism, was an artistic, literary, musical, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe. Despite having stylistic origins dating back to centuries prior, it was not until the 18th Century that the style gathered momentum in the wake of the Neoclassic Art Movement. Romanticism was given a central role in painting but still served as a counterbalance to the rigidity of Neoclassic. The most outstanding characteristic of romanticism is that the artist’s work was not interfered with by rules which dictate what the artist will give hence they were at liberty to express their feeling. It has been characterized by the emphasis it put on emotion and individualism and followed two most important principles which are an emphasis on the spontaneous plain-air painting as well as a sense of goodness and humanity. It has worked in the long term achievement of nationalism which gave people a sense of belonging.

4. History and Development -

Throughout the 20th Century, specific definitions of Romanticism had caused various debates, as some argued that it was just the beginning of a tradition of resistance to enlightenment rationalism, while others argued that it cannot be defined as an exact form or a subject but rather by the feelings it provokes in artists and art admirers. Romanticism begun after the French resolution which had shaken the country to its cores in 1789, new ideas had been conceived in the minds of men. In the 19th Century, artists started using emotional intuition in their work as well as their perception regarding a particular topic at hand, and this motivated a feeling of isolation thus romanticism spread to the French, German nations used in paintings.

3. Notable Artists and their Works -

After the French Revolution, various artists took up the Romanticism style of art, and one of the greatest of these was Joseph Mallord William Turner. He was a landscape painter and print-maker, and regarded as the person who first brought great new changes to the field of elevated landscape painting. Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix was also a famous painter who studies painting and effects of color and shape of brushstrokes on paintings. He created famous artwork such as Clorinda Rescues Olindo and Sophronia. Caspar David Friedrich a landscape painter who has done pieces like Moonrise Over the Sea and William Blake, a painter and a poet, had created art pieces on the Great Red Dragon depicting scenes from the Biblical Book of Revelations.

2. Decline and Subsequent Movements -

During the second half of the 19th Century, the Realism art movement was introduced, which was in contrast to the exaggerated emotionalism that was encouraged by romanticism. The idea behind realism art movement was to portray the real situation with accuracy hence a decline in romanticism and nationalism became widespread.

1. Legacy -

The emergence of the Romantic era in painting led to the development of various schools offering classes on painting, and a generation of romantic artists was created before its decline. Various methods of drawing and painting were encouraged, and this offered a chance to be creative and restrictions had been ruled out.

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