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Anatoly's Art History: Romanticism


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Romanticism and the Romantic Period of art are, in most ways, misnomers. Though thoughts of love and romantic feelings are likely conjured up by those who hear the phrase, Romanticism does not follow that definition.

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Anatoly's Art History: Romanticism

  1. 1. Anatoly's Art History Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik ROMANTICISM
  2. 2. Art History Background From Anatoly Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik You may consider me a “non-practicing” artist. Although I am by no means an expert in art history, I do find fascination in evolution of art among various eras. Considering my art in the form of writing, I do take time to share art history by shedding light to the past that emerged into the present. Movements in art history show how humankind expressed themselves among ages to ages.
  3. 3. Romanticism When & Where Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik Romanticism got its roots in the late 1700's, though it began to boom along the same timeline as the Industrial Revolution around 1800. It started primarily in France and Britain, began to flourish, and spread.
  4. 4. Romanticism Background Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik When one hears “romantic” in terms of art, one might think it has much to do about love and inspiration. While inspiration is a key component of the romanticism era of art history, love did not illuminate through works of art by romantic artists. Easily identifiable by dark and dramatic skies, Romanticism got its name through the deep emotion behind this 19th century art.
  5. 5. Romanticism Freedom from Rules Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik Gloomy and gothic, romantic art displays the emotion between how an artist thought about themselves or their world in the Western culture. In contrast to Neoclassical art, which you can read more about from previous writings of mine, Romantics strived for freedom from traditional “rules” and allowed their imagination inspire them. Paintings in the romantic era feature nature and it’s essence or the peculiar manifestations of human emotion or activity.
  6. 6. Romanticism What it Looked Like Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik "The Course of Empire: The Savage State" by Thomas Cole "The four times of day: Midday" by Joseph Vernet
  7. 7. Romanticism Individualism & Imagination Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik Creating a sense of boldness, romantic artists endeavored for individualism and uniqueness. Opposing neoclassicism, romantics set themselves apart even if it appeared exotic or eccentric. If you haven’t yet noticed, two considerably main themes among the romantic era are individualism and imagination. Connecting human emotion with nature, romantics turned art into horrific paintings. While some paintings from this era are purely fascinating, others capture a medieval, gothic and horrific image.
  8. 8. Romanticism Rebellion Anatoly "Tony" Vanetik Contrary to neoclassical artists, romantics were generational “rebels” without fear of stepping out. Today, rebels are more widely accepted which comes from roots to romanticism. Emotion is a clear motive within romantic art. Not only did artists in this era use inspiration from their personal thoughts and emotions, they strived for emotional response to their work. Today still, when people view romantic art they are confronted with emotion.
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