Emotional Romanticism vs Moving Impressionism

The Romanticism art stretches from about 1770 through to 1848. The Romanticism Art is based on emotion, being individual, and nature. Impressionist Art happens from the 1870 to 1880's. It is about movement, light, impressions, and personal experience. This gallery takes a look at the two different types of art and how they differ.

This painting is more romanticism because it uses nature and emotions. On one side of a crumbling, rough rock, arch are mourners. They are passing through the arch and carrying a coffin. On the other side of this arch, about a quarter way up the painting, going from left to right, is a bright yellow arc and a new moon above it. The colors are yellow and brownish black. The yellow sky contrasts with dark beneath it so this would be an early morning time. The two colors contrasts each other and bring about a starkness to the painting. There are dark, old, gnarly, trees that stand each side of the arch also clawing their way upwards. The ends of the gnarly trees are soft, feathery, branches. The darkness of the snow and sky moving up to the new moon suggests also a movement into Godspace. This is a winter scene possibly signifying the end of a year or a time. This painting uses death and light to bring about an emotion.
This painting has the colors of yellow, green, and red. It moves from the darker green to the brighter yellow in the distance. There are tints of red throughout the painting. This painting has a female with a load of hay with her. She's standing on a bridge looking over at the water while in the distance, at the back of the painting, is a church. The trees on both sides, with their branches hanging overhead, create a circle at the back where the church is surrounded by yellow and orange. There is very detailed brush work that gives texture to the trees, the ground, the water, the light, and the shadows. There are three vanishing points in this painting. One to the left to the creek, one to the church at the back, and one to the right to the puddles. The person on the bridge is surrounded by nature which is characteristic of Romanticism.
This Stonehenge painting has two very broad, white to violet and white to violet-green brush strokes that sweep upwards through the center like a rainbow from the ground to the heavens. There is rough ground texture in the form of rocks and dark grass. The stones are also rough in texture. The sky features the violet and blue green colors while the ground features the lighter colors of soft yellow, and light green. The stones are light and dark with the light being where the sun is shining on the stones. Stonehenge is thought to be different things. One of those things would be a sacrificial sight. Perhaps this painting also indicates a reaching from the ground up to the heavens. It is heavy on nature and emotional play.
This nature painting is also a three point perspective. Red, yellow, green, and blue are the dominant colors. In the center of the painting a pounding, fierce, river. To the left is a trail that sits higher up from the river. Between the trail and the river is a smaller stream that sits lower into the painting. To the right of the river appears to be a ditch or cut out. All three of these lead to the hills at the back where the river originates from. A house sits along the river, to the right, at the back. Dark clouds move over head with a strong wind as indicated by the wind blown trees on the left pointing to the right. The trees have a rough texture to them as well as the rocks from center to the front of the painting. Blocks of rock on the left jut out unexpectedly towards the sun as if pointing to a higher ground. The clouds are a gradient white to black with some yellow intermingled. The yellow hints at calmness before a storm. The raging river is energy and fierceness, while the ditch or cut out to the right is empty. The river also has a competitive movement. It rushes fiercely to the viewer but the viewer fights to look past it to the mountains where it originated from. This an exciting painting that uses the romanticism features of nature and the emotions that go with a fierce running river.
This is an impressionist painting. You see the rought texture of the tree leaves and building but you don't see the detailed faces. It is relatively open in its composition. There are two colors in play here. One is predominantly green and the other is the contrasting red color. The two characters in this painting move the eye back to each other as do the trees on either side of them. The red sit in the middle, drawing the eye right back to it. That is the balance. Trees one side, trees on the other, pots on one side, pots on the other. Taller guy, taller trees on one side, shorter girl, shorter trees on the other side but you are always drawn back in to the center because of the red. Even the grill and the arch are across from each other for balance. The arch signifies touchable while the grate signifies untouchable. Balance and differences.
Part of impression involves light and modernity. In this painting, a busy street has people moving forward to the viewer and then back to just slightly left of center. The colors are predominantly blue, green, and some yellow-green in there. There are tiny dots of red every so often. You see the shadows from buildings blocking the sun on the left while the right is more lit from the sun. The trees all have texture. The brush strokes are all smaller. You can't see the faces of the people. You are left with an impression of business on a sunny day.
One is left with the impression that this is a dance where there is not much light. People are involved and it is happening now which is also a feature of Impressionism. Trees seem to cover over people. There are strong colors of blue and green. Yellow, peach, and red are the secondary colors. On the ground, dark shadows of the leaves have been roughed in. The trees actually appear smoother in texture. This is different then what you see from the Romanticism art. A viewers eyes don't necessarily go front to back in this painting as much as they seem to go up and down. There are dancers having a lively dance on the left and people having a lively discussion on the right. The personal experience you get is you are either included in on the dance or the conversation.
A quiet painting using primarily dark colors. You can't see many of the faces too clearly as they are not painted in detail. You are left with the impression that this could be at a salon with folks who might be upper middle class. There are three people two the left, forming one triangle. Two of them face to the left and one of them faces right. There are three other people on the other side who face the right. One of gals appears to be bored while the rest are more upbeat. The brush strokes are small and the area seems confined though with the three on the right looking out, it almost feels a little more open atmosphere. The painting moves from left to right and front to back. There are lighter colors on the left side and darker on the right. The colors on the right are more blackish in appearance and the colors on the left are more bluish-green and bluish-violet. For texture, there does not seem to be any rough brush strokes to hint at rough walls. Everything feels smooth. As with the Impressionist art, you could feel like you are experiencing the moment with other people now.
This painting highlights light. In the upper right, moonlight from the back shines down in front of the painting onto the water. The trees in the back have some small highlight on them as well. There are reds, yellows, and a hint of blue in this picture. The trees have a rough texture to them. Your eye travels from the moonlight above, to the moonlight on the river below, to the person standing on the bridge. You are left with the impression that this person is enjoying some solitude. The taller trees seem to be on the left and the smaller ones on the right. A person could look also at this picture and see a decrease in size from left, to right, to middle.
Lady of Shalott is a painting based on a poem. A young girl brings a curse upon herself because she looked at Sir Lancelot. In a boat sits a young girl facing towards the right. On the edge of the boat to her left sits three candles. Only one of them is lit. To her right, in the water, are reeds. The red, yellow, and green quilt she has with her tells of the story of camelot and Sir Lancelot. There is rough texture from the trees, the reeds, the boat, the quilt, and the water. The eye can move from the reeds to the hills in the very back, to the lantern at the front of the boat, or it can move from the girl to the candles and then to the lantern. The eye can also move from the reeds to the girl and then to the lantern. The lantern does not appear to be left. The only bright colors are the quilt, the girl, and the hill in the far back beyond the trees. One gets the impression she is going off to die.
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