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There’s Nothing Romantic about Romanticism…or is there? part 2

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY with tags , , , , , on June 21, 2009 by echostains

Continuing from part one

In Delacroix’s ‘Liberty Leading the People‘ 1830, we see an emotional approach.  One of the main differences between Classicism and Romanticism is that Romanticism shows a way of feeling and Classicism is a way of thought.

Liberty leading the people delacroix

Liberty leading the people delacroix

This painting is was used as part of a propaganda campaign regarding the Revolution.  I think that it is in some ways similiar to Jacques Louis David’s ‘Oath of the Horatii’, as it calls the country’s people to arms.  But the main difference between the way that the artist’s do this lies in David’s use of patriotism, duty and allegiance and the more emotional cry of hope and freedom from Delacroix: the possibility of overcoming injustice.

Oath_of_the_Horatii Jaques Louis David

 

 

 

Oath_of_the_Horatii Jaques Louis David

By the use of emotional messages in his paintings, Delacroix manages to unify the peasants with hope and stirs within them, the longing for freedom.

The-Sheepfold,-Moonlight,-1856-60 Millet

The-Sheepfold,-Moonlight,-1856-60 Millet

Jean Francois Millet, son of a peasant farmer (1814 – 1875) painted rustic scenes, endowing with majesty the often overlooked aspects of nature.  He never achieved popularity in his own lifetime.  He had a revulsion for frivolity and ‘told it like it was’.  Unfortunately for him, the public preferred the artiface of nature, not the nitty gritty: the wheelbarrows, peasants tending their flocks or field workers.  Millet’s emotional response seems to have come from his environment.  The abandoned plough in ‘Sheep Fold’ indicates the frustration that man feels when the seasons conspire against him, and also symbolises the life and death cycle that we are all part of.

Continued tomorrow

Millet galllery

 

 

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There’s nothing Romantic about Romanticism or is there?

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY with tags , , , on June 20, 2009 by echostains

What is Romanticism?  Romanticism was a movement in the arts that flourished in the late 18th century to the mid 19th century and rebelled against Neo Classicism.  It was the first movement to involve all of Europe in art, architecture, literature and music.

The Barque of Dante by Delacroix

The Barque of Dante by Delacroix

Eugene Delacroix (1798 1863) sometimes incorporated a tiger in some of his paintings to depict energy, will, mood and wildness.  Delacroix was a born illustrator, combining animated gesture with graphic skill.  He painted in the tradition of Theodore Gericault (1791 – 1824), whose painting ‘The Raft of the Medusa’depicts an actual event that happened in the summer of 1816.  Gericault writes

‘Neither poetry or painting can ever do justice to the anguish and horror to the men on the raft.’

Gericault was right about this as the painting shows a group of well muscled robust men displaying dramatic gestures: gestures that the real victims would not have had the strength to make.  Gericault uses this opportunity to make a political statement about the State.  The captain of the frigate, being a nobleman escaped in one of the few lifeboats – leaving the poor crew (149 men and one woman) to built a makeshift raft.  The painting which incorporates a ‘pyramid of hope’. The triangles within the picture symbolises the progression from the depth of despair to a apex of hope (the man sighting a rescue ship) at the top of the picture.

gericault-raft_of_the_medusa

gericault-raft_of_the_medusa

But there’s a lot more to Romanticism than meets the eye……

To be continued tomorrow

The true story about the raft of the Medusa is here

There’s a smashing piece of informative writing on this blog