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Romanticism was a way of feeling rather than a style in art. In the period c.1775-1830 - against the background of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars - European artists, poets and composers initiated their own rebellion against the dominant political, religious and social ethos of the day. Their quest was for personal expression and individual liberation and, in the process, the Romantics transformed the idea of art, seeing it as an instrument of social and psychological change. In this comprehensive volume, David Blayney Brown takes a thematic approach to Romanticism, relating it to the concurrent, more stylistic movements of Neoclassicism and the Gothic Revival, and discussing its relationship with the political and social developments of the era. He not only looks at how artists as diverse as Goya, Delacroix, Friedrich and Turner responded to landscapes or depicted historical events, but also examines artists such as David and Ingres who are not usually considered Romantics. As a result, the reader is given a clear understanding of a complex movement that produced some of the greatest European art, literature and music.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714834436
ISBN-10: 0714834432
Format: Paperback
(220mm x 160mm x 27mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Blayney Brown

David Blayney Brown is a Senior Curator at Tate Britain, responsible for the Turner Bequest. He has written monographs on numerous artists of the Romantic era and is a frequent contributor to Burlington Magazine and Master Drawings.

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