MCA 9

"Every age projects its own images into its art."               Romanticism is very different from the preceding art periods. The art period that came directly chronologically before Romanticism, Neoclassicism, was inspired by architecture and had a focus on rationalism and classical revival with historical accuracy while glorifying past heroic deeds. Romanticism, on the other hand, focused more on the ideas of nature, emotion, imagination, and individuality. There was, however, a focus on heroes in the Romantic art period as well- just in a different way than that of the Neoclassical period. One of the main concerns was the supernatural, which came along with the concentration on feeling instead of thought. Orientalist and medieval subjects had a large amount of appeal. The characteristics of this period came from the rebellion from conservatism and moderation. Artists felt the need to break out and express themselves more freely. Romanticism eventually morphed into realism, with a focus on painting a true version of everyday peasant life. A description of Romanticism: http://youtu.be/ky6qKSCvSMw

This picture shows a landscape of the ruins of the Chateau de Pierrefonds, as insinuated by the very creative name. Landscapes were popular during this time period, especially landscapes such as this one that were painted with light colors to evoke emotion. The painting is imaginative and light, in clear contrast with the precision and more serious Neoclassical period.
This painting is a good example of the spirituality that was popular during this time period. The spirituality of this time period had more supernatural undertones, as can be observed by the Nymphe which is the focal point of the piece. Nymphes were characters from Greek Myths . During the Romantic period, not only were supernatural characters depicted, but heroes and heroines as well- just not in the accurate way that they did during the Neoclassical period.
This painting is very similar to the one in the previous slide. Some of Corot's best paintings are landscapes or of nature. The painting shows almost the same setting as the picture with the Nymph, but with a different figure. The style of painting shows the personal expression of the artists, their wide brush strokes symbolizes their need to break free from the constraints of the time.
This painting is inspired by something that the artist experienced himself while on a trip to Africa. The man in the white shirt is supposed to be the focal point of the picture, done with sight-lines and the contrast in colors. Characteristics that show this painting is from the Romantic period are the loose brush strokes, the personal interpretation of an exotic event by the artist, the appeal to emotion the painting makes, and the drama of the piece of artwork.
The subject matter of this painting reflects the artist's empathy with animals. The tiger in the picture obviously makes an appeal to the viewers emotions, rather than the logic of the person observing the painting. The wide brush strokes in the painting show a constant in the style of Delacroix.
Delacroix painted this work of art while on a vacation that was supposed to be a break for him. He ended up deciding to pain The Education of the Virgin for a local parish. The painting depicts the Virgin and Saint Anne, fitting in with the spirituality of the Romantic period. The softness of the sky and the expressions on the faces of the characters fits in with the period as well, even though an exotic element fails. The painting does have a sense of drama however, created especially through the color scheme.
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