“Classicism“ – art prints and art posters at Posterlounge.co.uk
What does come to our minds when we think of „„classicism“? Most people will surely associate the term „classicism“ with architecture. Almost everybody knows the impressing building build during this period of time, for instance the famous “Gate to Brandenburg” or the “Bank of England”. But the art of painting has to contribute quite a lot to this special period of time. Very many pictures have become famous in their own right, as Eduard Manet´s “Breakfast in the open” showing a very ample and white-skinned brunette in the foreground, while an equally nude female companion takes a wash in the near-by-lake; while the men composed into the scene, the picture, are completely clothed, and – clothed into dark suites. This picture embeds something which implies more than frivolity and something less than tragedy, or, at least, drama. Posterlounge.de offers a wide variety of art prints and art posters so that it is easy to find a mural accomplishing the very personal taste.
This time we call in our days „classicism“, has been full of excitement and emotions, finding their expression in any kind of art. Very well known names ring down on us from this period of time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in music, the young Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in literature, Thomas Gainsborough, the gifted painter of many a portraits he became famous for.
Classicism – where ever it is suitable
This very period of time, that has come to be known as “classicism“ can be roughly dated from the late second half of the 18th century to the early days of 19th century, when the movement of ‘romanticism’ took over, - by and by. There were some quarrels between Ingres, the master of „classicism“ and Delacroix, who represented the yet-to-come art of romanticism. - In „classicism“, in any case, the “Enlightment” was on the advance, exerting a profound influence on peoples´ minds. The world had become “enlarged”: education was available for more and more people, it was not any more meant only for those who considered themselves as ‘privileged’.
The distinction between the different styles of former times – those of the Romans, the Greek, of the Middle Ages and this great period, vastly bulging into history, the ‘Renaissance’ - was obvious to artists and people of erudition. The pictures, existing from this period of „classicism“, lean – sometimes rather closely – towards those arts and their ‘sujets’. At Posterlounge.de interested people will find a wide selection of art prints and art posters and murals to be chosen from to decorate those rooms which are designed to expel a certain attitude – this special kind of rooms some of us know of while sitting quite nervously in the waiting-room. Someone, at any rate, we would like to avoid.
“Heroism” and other greatnesses – classicism at Posterlounge.co.uk
„Classicism“ means – whether in music, in the art of painting, or in architecture – a very profound style that is deeply rooted in the sujet of ‘heroism’, guided by, and handled through, a very formal attitude. The colours withdraw their strength – they surrender their brightness, their very vitality to something the artist Ingres – being the very leading figure of his time – named: “The Line”.
“Line” was everything to classicism. It had to be obeyed to – at any time, in each and every respect. Even a picture like “A Bouquet of Violets” by the already mentioned Eduard Manet lacks the sparkle of ‘craftiness’ we enjoy when looking upon a picture with a similar subject; but created by an impressionist – those artists who made ‘the light itself dance’.
In classicism we almost always find something that is very akin to the term “sinister”. The colours are “damped”; the light is used in a very special, very interesting and somehow very fascinating way. But it does not give comfort. Often it is used as a meaning to emphasise the results of cruelty: this light does not show us the beauty of men and women and animals and nature – the beauty of the world. This kind of light sends its´ rays towards the things that sadden us: hurt, pain, anguish, death.
The Spaniard Francesco de Goya, this great genius of his time, anguished by a tormented soul, belonging to the time of classicism as well as Mozart, quite often abandoned ‘colours’ entirely from his palette. His sequels “Nightmares” are extremely startling. They arise something in our hearts, our souls, even on our skin ... something nobody of us wants. Yet these pictures are there and they tell us what the artist was unable to put into words – or probably no one listened to him: What he tells us is this: “THIS is reality.” Goya already had the guts to break the rules that were strictly installed by classicism´s “greatness”. He was the one to take determined steps towards ... romanticism.