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Romanticism was a movement contemporary with the later stages of Neoclassicism, but had not much to do with it ideologically. It was not fundamentally opposed to Neoclassicism, as was Modernism, but it placed its emphasis differently. 185 more words


Sibylline Leaves - some (vague) post-conference thoughts

Last week I was in London for the excellent Sibylline Leaves: Chaos and Compilation in the Romantic Period conference. In this post, I’ll try to cobble together some coherent thoughts generated by the event, particularly in terms of how the ideas raised relate to my own work on collage in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 585 more words

Material Culture


A movement beginning in the 18th century, Neoclassicism was characterized by a movement towards order and rationality among the arts. As its name suggests, there was a revival of Classical Greek and Roman culture, reflected most notably in architecture. 193 more words


The paradoxical landscape: Romanticism in modern landscape art (France 1850-1900) - part 4

See part 1; See part 2; See part 3

Nature as Mystic Wonder and the Commodity Fetish

The last paradox that I will be discussing in modern landscape art is the idea of nature as both mystic wonder and commodity fetish. 1,559 more words

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The field cannot be well seen from within the field. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: IX. Circles (1841)


How the Light Enters

I don’t like questioning people’s spirituality. We all believe what we do for various reasons. Still, I have become incredibly curious about the folks who are making policy in this country, about the supporters of the current raft of laws and bills that further marginalize the poor, that block people fleeing terror from reaching safety here in the US, that put so many in danger of losing their health care. 542 more words


Millet: Spring (Daphnis and Chloë)

The French artist Jean-François Millet (1814 – 1875) along with Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot ( 1796 – 1875) were founders of the Barbizon movement. Instead of working only in the studio, they established a tradition of painting (plein air) outdoors. 323 more words