Romanticism A&i

Overview

Romanticism was 'a way of feeling' rather than a style in art. In the period c.1775–1830, against the background of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, European artists, together with poets and composers, initiated their own rebellion against the dominant political, religious and social ethos of the day. Their quest was for personal expression and individual liberation, and in the process, the Romantics transformed the idea of art, seeing it as an instrument of social and psychological change. In this ...
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Overview

Romanticism was 'a way of feeling' rather than a style in art. In the period c.1775–1830, against the background of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, European artists, together with poets and composers, initiated their own rebellion against the dominant political, religious and social ethos of the day. Their quest was for personal expression and individual liberation, and in the process, the Romantics transformed the idea of art, seeing it as an instrument of social and psychological change. In this comprehensive volume, David Blayney Brown takes a thematic approach to Romanticism, relating it to the concurrent, more stylistic movements of Neoclassicism and the Gothic Revival, and discussing its relationship with the political and social developments of the era. He not only looks at how artists as diverse as Goya, Delacroix, Friedrich and Turner responded to landscapes or depicted historical events, but also examines artists such as David and Ingres who are not usually consideredRomantics. As a result, the reader is given a clear understanding of a complex movement that produced some of the greatest European art, literature and music.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714834436
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Art and Ideas Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,411,570
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
1 The Voice within You: A Portrait of the Artist 17
2 Heroes, Soldiers, Citizens: Revolutions in History Painting 69
3 High Mountains Are a Feeling: The Religion of Nature 121
4 A Mighty War against Time: The Romantic Sense of the Past 191
5 Rome Is No Longer in Rome: The Lure of the Exotic 251
6 Altered States: The Romantic Exploration of the Psyche 307
7 A Romantic Trinity: Love, Death and Faith 361
Epilogue 407
Glossary 426
Brief Biographies 427
Key Dates 432
Map 436
Further Reading 438
Index 441
Acknowledgements 446
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