The death of the revolutionary hero, the search for spiritual meaning, the "rape" of the countryside by industrialization, the anxious masculinity of romanticism, abolition and its aftermath, the quest for a national identity: these are only some of the themes that will be addressed through the art of this early modern period, as they emerged in the art of painters working in France, England and Germany. Among other things, we will analyze Jacques-Louis David's "martyr portraits" of the French Revolution; the romantic "anti-heroes" of Delacroix; Friedrich's nationalist landscapes; the fantastic visions of J.M.W. Turner and William Blake; Gericault;s representations of madness; and the politicized "realism" of Gustave Courbet, the painter who would so profoundly influence the later generation of Impressionists.
Section 301 - SEM