TOP 22 ROMANTICISM PAINTINGS

Romanticism was an artistic movement that spanned many years – from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. Some would even argue that the movement ended in the 1900s. It’s difficult to pinpoint when exactly Romanticism began and ended because of its massive spread throughout Europe and America, spanning various genres – art, literature, music, philosophy… The movement took on a life of its own, influencing many generations of artists.

Many people new to the world of art believe Romanticism brought forth themes mainly of love and romance. The truth is Romanticism had very little to do with romance. Instead it was about emotion… intense emotion. Romantics wanted to create art that not only spoke the twists and turns within their hearts but art that would also generate great emotion within the viewer’s heart. Charles Baudelaire said it best when he wrote, “Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject nor in exact truth, but in a way of feeling.”

For this reason, you will find many sorrowful and deeply disturbing paintings from this period. Paintings like The Death of Sardanapalus and The Massacre at Chios by Eugène Delacroix force viewers to really look at an event and feel it as if they were there, living through that moment. When looking at these paintings, you become overwhelmed with the horror of the event being portrayed. You may also experience absolute dismay, terror, hate and even fear. That’s the brilliancy of this movement. So much emotion was added with every stroke, every line.

But keeping to the theme of this blog, we’ve decided to focus on the beautiful and romantic pieces of that period… the ones that make you smile, that make you dream, that lighten your day. Fortunately, Romanticism was all about the experience, the aesthetic experience… the first time you view the world from the top of a mountain, the moment your heart is captured by the look of pure innocence on a girl’s face, the first time you see Native Americans, “noble savages” camping in a valley framed by the majestic Rockies, the moment the idea of your soul, carried off by an angel, hits you, the first time you see the rocky cliffs of Norway…

These are all examples of the varying aesthetic routes Romantic artists took. Their imagination knew no bounds. Romantic art did not have a unifying subject, style, or technique. But what it did have was mood and passion. From harems to dreamy landscapes, here are our top 22 Romanticist paintings…

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Pygmalion et Galatée (1819) by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
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Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818) by Caspar David Friedrich
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Moonrise over the Sea (1822) by Caspar David Friedrich
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The Nude Maja (c. 1797–1800) by Francisco Goya
The Kiss (1859) by Francesco Hayez
The Kiss (1859) by Francesco Hayez
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Women of Algiers in their Apartment (1834) by Eugène Delacroix
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Norwegian: Fra Hardanger (1847) Hans Fredrik Gude
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Poem of the Soul – On the mountain (1854) by Louis Janmot
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The Clove Catskills (1827) by Thomas Cole
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Looking Down Yosemite Valley (1865) by Albert Bierstadt
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The Voyage of Life: Childhood (1842) by Thomas Cole
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The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak (1863) by Albert Bierstadt
Poème de l'âme 15: Un Soir (1892) by Louis Janmot
Poème de l’âme 15: Un Soir (1892) by Louis Janmot

Poème de l'âme 3: L’Ange et la mère by Louis Janmot

El Rio De Luz (1887) by Frederic Edwin Church
El Rio De Luz (1887) by Frederic Edwin Church
Cotopaxi (1855) by Frederic Edwin Church
Cotopaxi (1855) by Frederic Edwin Church
Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord (1848) by Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude
Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord (1848) by Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude
Norwegian Highlands (1857) by Hans Gude
Norwegian Highlands (1857) by Hans Gude
Jewish Wedding in Morocco (1839) by Eugène Delacroix
Jewish Wedding in Morocco (1839) by Eugène Delacroix
El Khasne Petra (1874) by Frederic Edwin Church
El Khasne Petra (1874) by Frederic Edwin Church

Reclining Odalisque (1839) by Francesco Hayez

Odalisque (1867) by Francesco Hayez
Odalisque (1867) by Francesco Hayez