Romanticism Versus Impressionism Essay

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Romanticism versus Impressionism Bridgette Williams Martin Methodist College Art121 Abstract Romanticism had been a revolt against the values of the Industrial Revolution and middle class putting emphasis on individual subjective experience, the sublime, the supremacy of "Nature" as a subject for art, revolutionary or radical extensions of expression, and individual liberty. By mid-century, however, a synthesis of the ideas of Romanticism with stable governing forms had emerged, partly in reaction to the failed Romantic and democratic Revolutions of 1848. The first was impressionism a school of painting that initially focused on work done, not in studios, but outdoors. Impressionist paintings demonstrated that human beings do not see objects, but instead see light itself. Romanticism versus Impressionism The 19th century was a time of great change and revolution, especially in France. With the reconstruction of Paris, the late 19th century was a perfect time for a fresh new look in the world of art. The city was seen as the cultural capital of the world and could offer a lot to the new movements in the art. There were institutions for art training, much city, country-side, and life to use as subjects, and plenty of money and people to buy and enjoy the works created. With the growth of the railroad, artists began to travel around Europe to broaden their knowledge. As new ideas came into play, old ideas of expression and expressiveness began

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