Art in France 19th Century

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École des Beaux-Arts in France during the 19th century From its founding as the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture in 1648 till the reforms in 1968, the École des beaux-arts was the premier art academy in Europe which followed the Greek tradition in artistic training. Perhaps the most exciting part of this art was that the artists involved in the paintings were in isolation for 3 months and each artist was allowed three trials L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts has played an important role in the history of French art, and some of the more prominent artists to have graduated from this institution are, Gericault, Delacroix, Fragonard, Ingres, Moreau, Degas, and Monet, to name a few. The school houses some of the most priceless pieces of artistry witnessed in France. What is remarkable about the paintings is that it was made during the student’s learning period and they all had the same dimension, and subject matter France went through a revolution that changed the way people thought and perceived ideas about life. Much of art during this transition period was based on religious teachings and mythology. The influence of Greek and Roman mythologies seemed to be their favorite theme, for many paintings that can be found in the L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts is synonymous of their influence. It can be said that the subjects assigned for the trials of the Prix de Rome Contest in painting were from the Bible, Greek and Roman mythology, history and allegorical themes. ‘Erasistratus Discovering the Cause of Antiochus' Disease’ is a painting that was on trial in 1774, and again in 1808. Though the two paintings of different eras depicted the same subject, one can see the passage of time and evolution of artistic styles of the two periods. What makes the paintings of the students of this school amazing is that despite subject variations, none of the painters were allowed to see the
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