Romanticism

Romanticism embodies ‘a new and restless spirit, seeking violently to burst through old and cramping forms, a nervous preoccupation with perpetually changing inner states of consciousness, a longing for the unbounded and the indefinable, for perpetual movement and change, an effort to return to the forgotten sources of life, a passionate effort at self-assertion both individual and collective, a search after means of expressing an unappeasable yearning for unattainable goals.’(Isaiah Berlin). The early period of the Romantic Era was a time of war. There were three generations of Romantic artists. The first emerged in the 1790s and 1800s, the second in the 1820s, and the third later in the century. ‘To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art – that is, intimacy, spirituality, colour, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.’ ( Charles Baudelaire). In consequence historical subjects or portraits were the most favoured subject matter. Baron Gerard, Girodet, Delacroix, Gericault, Chasseriau and Gustave Moreau were all leading artists of this movement which have been sold to international museums by The Matthiesen Gallery.

Paul and Virginia

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Paul and Virginia
Francis I and the Queen of Navarre

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Francis I and the Queen of Navarre
Figures in the garden of the Villa Doria Pamphili in Rome, with a view of  the old church of San Pancrazio

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Figures in the garden of the Villa Doria Pamphili in Rome, with a view of the old church of San Pancrazio
Charles I  Awaiting Trial with Princess Elizabeth and Prince Henry

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Charles I Awaiting Trial with Princess Elizabeth and Prince Henry
Death of Valentin

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Death of Valentin
Don Juan and Haydee

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Don Juan and Haydee
Lara Insulted at the Ball

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Lara Insulted at the Ball
Recto: A Brown Horse, Facing Left

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Recto: A Brown Horse, Facing Left
Henrietta Maria Queen of England Pursued by the Army of Cromwell

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Henrietta Maria Queen of England Pursued by the Army of Cromwell
Joan of Arc being interrogated by the Cardinal of Winchester

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Joan of Arc being interrogated by the Cardinal of Winchester
A Scene from Shakespeare's Henry VIII; Cardinal Wolsey and Katherine of Aragon

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A Scene from Shakespeare's Henry VIII; Cardinal Wolsey and Katherine of Aragon
Birth of Henri IV

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Birth of Henri IV
Portrait de Melle Deveria

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Portrait de Melle Deveria
D. Juan and the Statute of the Commander

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D. Juan and the Statute of the Commander
Faustian Fantasy: The Fatal Hour (II)

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Faustian Fantasy: The Fatal Hour (II)
Queen Elizabeth Bidding Farewell To Her Sons

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Queen Elizabeth Bidding Farewell To Her Sons
Rodrigo de Bivar

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Rodrigo de Bivar "El Cid" and his father, Don Diego
Portrait of Jacques Maximilien Benjamin Bins, comte de Saint-Victor

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Portrait of Jacques Maximilien Benjamin Bins, comte de Saint-Victor
François I visiting Benvenuto Cellini at the Castle of Nesle

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François I visiting Benvenuto Cellini at the Castle of Nesle
Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveller

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Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveller
Mary Queen of Scots

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Mary Queen of Scots
The Generosity of the Duchess of Angoulême

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The Generosity of the Duchess of Angoulême
François I and La Belle Ferroniere

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François I and La Belle Ferroniere
A View of the ruins at Pompei

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A View of the ruins at Pompei
Othello and Desdemona (Sketch)

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Othello and Desdemona (Sketch)
Paolo and Francesca

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Paolo and Francesca
Joan of Arc in Prison

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Joan of Arc in Prison
Joan of Arc Kneeling before the Dauphin

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Joan of Arc Kneeling before the Dauphin
Portrait of Colone George de Lacy Evans

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Portrait of Colone George de Lacy Evans
Courtyard of the Castle of Wuflens, near the lake of Geneva

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Courtyard of the Castle of Wuflens, near the lake of Geneva
Raphael at the Vatican

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Raphael at the Vatican
Raphael at the Vatican (composition sketch)

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Raphael at the Vatican (composition sketch)
Scene from Walter Scott's Quentin Durward

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Scene from Walter Scott's Quentin Durward