A Very Short History of Art: Neoclassicism and Romanticism

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Jacques-Louis David, The Oath of the Horatii, 1784-85 – one of the earliest Neoclassical paintings.

Both Neoclassicism and Romanticism began as expressions of rejection. Neoclassicism, which emerged in the 1740s, with its clean lines and commitment to an idealised reality, was a rejection of Rococo extravagance and embellishment, which by the 1780s had succeeded in supplanting it. Romanticism, with its love of drama, emotion, and the natural world, was a rejection of the perceived coldness and intellectualism of Neoclassicism, and emerged just as the Rococo was disappearing. Continue reading “A Very Short History of Art: Neoclassicism and Romanticism”

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Paintings You Should Know: J. M. W. Turner’s ‘Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway’

Here’s a new series of posts, based on the book ’50 Paintings You Should Know’ by K. Lowis and T. Pickeral (2009).

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Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway. J. M. W. Turner, 1844

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