Neoclassicism

European Neoclassicism in the visual arts dates from c. 1760 in opposition to the then-dominant late Baroque and Rococo styles. Rococo architecture emphasizes grace, ornamentation and asymmetry.  Neoclassicism,  the name given to Western movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture draws inspiration from the ‘classical’ art and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome. Born in Rome in the mid-18th century, Neoclassicicm’s popularity spread across Europe, as a generation of European aristocrats and students completed their Grand Tour returning from Italy with newly rediscovered Greco-Roman ideals. In Italy Pompeo Batoni and Canova and in France Vincent, David and Ingres were proponents of the style, all artists recently handled by The Matthiesen Gallery.

Portrait of Kenneth Dixon playing Shuttlecock

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism
Portrait of Kenneth Dixon playing Shuttlecock
Portrait of Félicité-Louise-Julie-Constance de Durfort, Maréchale de Beurnonville (10 June 1782 7 February 1870)

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism
Portrait of Félicité-Louise-Julie-Constance de Durfort, Maréchale de Beurnonville (10 June 1782 7 February 1870)
Virgin and Child with St Francis of Paola, St john and St Roch

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Historical Period: 1720-1780 Rococo and 1780-1820 Neoclassicism
Virgin and Child with St Francis of Paola, St john and St Roch
Charles I  Awaiting Trial with Princess Elizabeth and Prince Henry

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Charles I Awaiting Trial with Princess Elizabeth and Prince Henry
Don Juan and Haydee

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Don Juan and Haydee
Lara Insulted at the Ball

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Lara Insulted at the Ball
Faustian Fantasy: The Fatal Hour (II)

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Faustian Fantasy: The Fatal Hour (II)
Queen Elizabeth Bidding Farewell To Her Sons

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Queen Elizabeth Bidding Farewell To Her Sons
Portrait of a Young man, half-length seated, in a White Shirt and Brown Coat

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism
Portrait of a Young man, half-length seated, in a White Shirt and Brown Coat
Portrait of Jacques Maximilien Benjamin Bins, comte de Saint-Victor

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Portrait of Jacques Maximilien Benjamin Bins, comte de Saint-Victor
Mary Queen of Scots

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Mary Queen of Scots
The Generosity of the Duchess of Angoulême

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
The Generosity of the Duchess of Angoulême
François I and La Belle Ferroniere

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
François I and La Belle Ferroniere
A View of the ruins at Pompei

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
A View of the ruins at Pompei
Othello and Desdemona (Sketch)

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Othello and Desdemona (Sketch)
David playing his harp to Micol

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism
David playing his harp to Micol
Joan of Arc in Prison

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Joan of Arc in Prison
Joan of Arc Kneeling before the Dauphin

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Joan of Arc Kneeling before the Dauphin
Courtyard of the Castle of Wuflens, near the lake of Geneva

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism and 1810-1870 Romanticism
Courtyard of the Castle of Wuflens, near the lake of Geneva
Ruines antiques dans un paysage classique

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Historical Period: 1780-1820 Neoclassicism
Ruines antiques dans un paysage classique