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Neoclassical Art is named after the artistic style called "Neoclassicism" which was the dramatic change in European art and architecture during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It demonstrated a desire to bring back classical art from ancient Greece and Rome, whose principles of reason and order were entirely in keeping with the European Age of Enlightenment. Neoclassical works were unemotional, serious and sternly heroic. Neoclassical painters depicted subjects from Classical literature and history, as used in earlier Greek art and Republican Roman art, using sombre colors with occasional highlights, to convey moral narratives in keeping with the supposed ethical superiority of Antiquity.

An interest in the supernatural was a feature during this time, and can be traced to Weber's opera Der Freischütz. However, in a Spanish context, Goya's paintings have been seen as a protest against those who upheld and enforced the values of the Spanish Inquisition, which had been active in Witch hunting during the seventeenth-century Basque witch trials
Like most Neoclassical pieces, Goya portrays a scene in history using an historic figure. It also has a dark scheme with dark shades with not much emotion besides heroic.
The Forge emphasizes the muscularity of the men, who are rendered as classically heroic with thick, strong arms and heavy masculine backs who are intended to be a part of the working class of 19th century Spain. The blazing red of the heated metal draws your eyes and represents the future getting hammered out, "on the anvil of history."
This piece uses very glum colors but shows depth and detail especially in the man's muscles showing his masculinity. However, their faces show very little emotion and tend to make the picture less emotional.
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Like most of her work, Le Brun uses Rococo style and colors and seeing how they are also portraits and not pieces of history, they are labeled as Rococo (with some neoclassic style). This painting shows a brighter color pallet and great design in the dress.
This piece of work may be the most well-known portrait of Marie-Antoinette. It was quickly painted in an attempt to calm the controversy caused by the "muslin portrait." Vigée-Le Brun also painted many copies.
Another one of many non-historic female portraits produced by Le Brun. Like all the rest, she uses a great color pallet where all the colors compliment each other and tend to pop without being too bright.
No matter how Rococo Le Brun is, you can't deny the beauty and detail in all of her work. Her quality is what makes her one of the best-known female artists of her time. You can see every crease and line from the ruffled collar, to the gold embellishments in the table.
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