What is Romanticism: French Revolution was one of the real sources from which romanticism had evolved. Growing industrialization gave much impetus for escaping from the reality to the artists. In the field of art the word ‘Romanticism’ has a specific meaning. It conveys the concept showing of sentimentality on one hand; and on another it refers to the lack of idealism or reality that confines the artistic passion. For an artists falling under category of romanticism, the expression was the paramount element. They wanted freedom of expression, and they did it ignoring the social norms and the rules set by convention. Leaving every obstacle aside and trying to reclaim the artistic freedom, the romanticism artists filled their canvases with free play of emotion and imagination.
The artists known as the romantic painters were fantastic lover of the nature. In addition to their unmatched genius, these artists possessed passion for the artistic depiction. While painting persons romantic artists take look very minutely to the factors like the struggled the person had faced and the mood they generally remained occupied.
Caspar David Friedrich: Every painting, more or less, is a pictorial representation of emotions and ideas the artist had in his or her heart or mind. An artist conceives an idea and then tries to express it onto the frame as an artwork. There are subjects which can be expressed simply by depicting them on the canvas or paper if it is painted in watercolour. Caspar David Friedrich was an artist who love the German landscapes he was lining on and he painted it so beautifully.
George Stubbs (1724 – 1806) was nicknamed as the painter of animals. His paintings of animals, especially of the horses are have made him an artist to be regarded equal to the great artists like Raynolds and Gainsborough. In earning this status, his knowledge about horses had played a great role. He had acquired the knowledge of the anatomy with care and keen observance of the horses.
Thomas Cole : Cole’s allegorical work was regarded with esteem. But there were some clients who preferred his American landscapes to other paintings. Reason was that these landscapes were simply identifiable. Among them the Hudson Valley Paintings were well received. Though remained a bit uneasy over his customers’ choices, Thomas Cole tried improvising his techniques painting landscapes. (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)