Western Civilization Class

Romanticism

Romanticism was a period from the late 18th century to the mid 19th century. The movement was mostly about art, literature, music, and the individual. Instead of conforming to the social norms or following a set of guidelines, the romantics placed more emphasis on expressing oneself and on individual emotions. They held a fascination for far away lands and former times, such as the Middle Ages. The romantics also revived an interest in Gothic architecture. Rather than viewing Gothic architecture as backwards, the romantics saw beauty in it.

John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral From The Meadows, Photo Credit: Wikipedia
John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral From The Meadows, Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Some romantic artists were Caspar David Friedrich, John Constable, Thomas Cole, J. M. W. Turner, and Eugene Delacroix. Unlike former artists who painted nature landscapes that were peaceful and calm, the romantics portrayed nature more as wild or dangerous with a lot of emotion in it. In John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral From The Meadows one can see the clouds and the darkness that gives the viewer a sense of uneasiness. There is still beauty and some sense of calm, but it does not seem peaceful and serene.

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