Neoclassical and Romanticism Art Essay

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Western Governors University Pablo Picasso, a man with works that remained a product of 19th century Romanticism, once said, “We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell (“Quotes about Artists”). Opinions such as this are what differentiate Romanticism and Neoclassicism. Neoclassicism and Romanticism compare in some time frames, yet differ in beliefs, values, and illustration. First, these artistic styles share similar time periods. Neoclassicism and Romanticism have very few similarities, but they both utilized continuing components of the baroque era, which began in 1600 and expressed a style of exaggerated motion that contained easily interpreted detail to produce drama and other reactions. Both had a slight desiring for antiquity, and while Neoclassicism fell under the influence of it, Romanticism reminisced. These styles also occurred during the 18th through the 19th century (McKay). Historians of art saw Neoclassicism as a reaction to the decorative Rococo style and to past developments of architecture and classical art from Greece and Rome. Romanticism in turn, was an early 19th century response to constraints of Neoclassicism (“Neoclassical Painting and Romantic Painting”). Current events highly influenced art movement during these time periods. The paintings often projected the events in their works. Neoclassicism in particular was influenced by the Enlightenment movement, a movement which glorified freedom of religion on separation of church and state and emphasized civil liberties. Over time the art changed to express what the people of the time desired, becoming more and more logical and realistic in representation of their art work. As time went on more and more wars occurred. People

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