In a world that is full of despair and sorrow, and that is often grey, and beset by loneliness, romance is often humanity’s reprieve. Romance is the magic we savour in the midst of the world’s broader and our more personal problems. It is escapism and a window into a better life. It lifts us up when we are low. It fills us with hope and dreams when life seems bitter and unrelenting.
Romanticism in art was in fact a movement that permeated Europe in the 1800’s. It was an artistic, intellectual, and literary movement created as a reaction to the classicism, and Neoclassicism movements that preceded it. Where Classicism was conservative and traditional, Romanticism was full of emotion and imagination. Artists portrayed scenes of love, beauty, and drama that were aimed to provide an escape from reality.
Some of the most famous paintings from the Romanticism era are Third Of May (1814) by Francisco Goya, The Raft of The Medusa (1818) by Theodore Gericault, The Hay Wain (1821) by John Constable, Liberty Leading The People (1830) by Eugene Delacroix, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (c.1818) by Caspar David Friedrich and The Kiss (1859) by Francesco Hayez.