American Romanticism 

Welcome to my gallery! This gallery will give you an inside look to the art of the romantic era. The Industrial Revolution swung through during this time, passing by England, France, and America. With it, this revolution brought new technology; machine tools and machine power instead of human tools and animal power. While the industrialism brought forth many economically good reforms, a majority of the people looked back on the time, seeing it as a romantic period, before they were commodified and nature was destroyed. This movement emphasized the emotional value of the individual/artist. It was mostly centered around nature because people looked back on it longingly.

This piece by Thomas Cole, is of a stand alone tree. What I like about this artwork is that it almost looks like a woman, with the willow leaves acting as her hair. Its independent, but barely standing...
The Indian's Vespers, by Asher B. Durand, is a landscape scene of a man, possibly the chief of an Indian tribe, looking over a scenery of trees and an ocean. It gives the viewer a sense of pride.
The things that stand out to me the most in this piece of artwork by Thomas Doughty are the animals and the waterfall. I think this is a scene that is nostalgic for a wilderness lost to progress.
One of my favorite pieces of art that I've seen up to this date, would be this piece. The double rainbow and the mist in the air make it a very calming scene. Something new that i learned about this art was that the fauna emerging from the bottom right is based upon botanical sketches he made while living in Jamaica.
Pompeii by Robert S. Duncanson, is a very sad painting. It looks like knocked down buildings and debris of a town. Theres a small unit of water. It looks very depressing.
I think this piece, California Spring, by Albert Bierstadt, is BEAUTIFUL. The purple sky is a very nice contract between the dark colors of the trees and animals. What I found interesting is that if you zoom in close enough, he painted the dome of the Sacramento State Capitol in minute detail.
Hot Springs of the Yellowstone by Thomas Moran, looks like layered rocks with water rushing against them. The small portions of blue water look very nice against the white mist and tan rocks.
Starrucca Viaduct, Pennsylvania by Jasper Francis Cropsey, is a very mellow piece. I believe that its fall because of the colors used. This creates a scene that is nostalgic for a wilderness lost to progress.
I decided to use this still life image, Flower Still Life with Bird's Nest by Severin Roesen, because its untraditional. Most still life paintings include fruits and not flowers. I like the texture and the colors that all the different flowers bring in. I like that you can see the brush strokes in each flower. I learned that he purposely focused the light in the middle of the piece of art to allow the outer flowers sticking out to be more like silhouettes.
This piece by Lilly Martin Spencer, titled "We Both Must Fade(Mrs. Fithian)", is stunning. The blue dress is a definite contrast from the background of the painting. This woman has a sense of poise and confidence that gives life to the piece of art.
This painting titled, "The Money Diggers", by John Quidor, is very dark and has a feeling of evil. The faces of the two men are surprised and scared. It looks like they're scared of something thats popping out of the top right corner.
"Ships in Harbor" by Robert Salmon, is a representation of a harbour. There are three boats, with the middle boat being the largest and standing out the most to me. The colors are all very dull.
"Hunter in Winter Wood" by George Henry Durrie, is a painting of a farmland in the winter. The reason I chose to use this piece as my farmland piece is because the snow makes it difficult to actually tell that its a farmland. So it makes it unpredictable.
Sanford Robinson Gifford's painting titled "Wilderness" is a representation of luminism. I adore the reflection of the mountain against the water. I like how the light is coming in from the left angle but is focused in the center.
This portrait titled "Sequoyah" by Henry Inman is of a man showing off his work. It makes him look very scholarly and independent. He seems very proud but also humble of his accomplishment. Something interesting i discovered was that the utilitarian system made a rapid spread of literacy throughout the Cherokee nation.
"Ha-won-je-tah, One Horn\, Head Chief of Mini..." by George Catlin, is the piece I chose as a representation of a Native American. He is the chief of his tribe and you can see it through his facial expression. He looks firm with a smirk on his face.
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