The Marquesa de Pontejos
Image courtesy of
The National Gallery of Art, U.S.A
Romanticism was a modern movement that grew out of historical movements such as the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment. Romanticism was based on the "preference for personal expression.
Effect on Faces and Figures:
Romanticism as an ideal is the opposite of what the neoclassical school held. Rational thought was no longer as dominant in art, and was replaced by emotional expression. The paintings produced by romantic painters are usually very dramatic. The subject matter was provocative and often depicts some form of human suffering. Romantic artists brought in brighter colors and freedom in their brushstrokes, adding to the drama of the situation. Even simple portraits contained a strong sense of emotion. Paintings like Delacroix'sAn Orphan Girl in the Graveyard and Géricault's Woman with the Gambling Mania uses the expressive nature of the eyes to capture the emotion of the situation.