About the romantic period.

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The art of the romantic period was very vivid and detailed it was full of violence passion and life often at its worst. This applied to the written word of poetry and literature, as well as to the area of music, and more importantly herein, the art world. There were many great painters of this period of time, with the most famous being; Theodore Gericault and Eugene Delacroix who were both individuals who lived life passionately and often dangerously, all in the attempt to portray their art on the most vivid level. It was a period a period in with such passion was needed.

Romantic art was essentially a rebelling against the neo-classical period's age of reason many artists/painters, poets, writers; composers were incredibly fed of with the rigid ideas and designs of that period and yearned to break free into a world were passion, emotion, and intuition were the images portrayed in the artist's work.

The romantic era ran from the 1800's to the 1850's and was considered to be the age of sensibility, rather than reason. As the German Romantic landscape painter; Caspar David Fredrick wrote, "The artist should paint not only what he sees in front of him but also what he sees in him" (Strickland 76). The romantics persuade their art with a great intensity, leaving aside the rational form of thought in many cases. As a result of this intense living, many paid the price. The romantic composers and poets such as Byron, Keets, Shelley, Chopin, in Schubert all died very young as a result of their passions.

The name Romanticism was derived from a revived interest in the old medieval tales which were called romances. "Gothic horror stories combining elements of the macabre and occult were in vogue (it was during this period...