Art of the Enlightenment

Art of the Enlightenment
Genre Painting
Soap Bubbles
1733-5. Oil on canvas
93 x 74.5 cm.
The Kitchen Maid
1738, Oil on canvas
46 x 38 cm
Elements of Rococo Style
Primarily found in France
Rocaille – decorative rock work
A backlash to Baroque
Light, elaborate, decorative style
Pastels – light, subdued colors
Encourages viewers to suspend belief
François Boucher
Portrait of Marquise de
1756, Oil on canvas
201 x 157 cm
François Boucher
The Setting of the Sun
1752, Oil on canvas
318 x 261 cm
Jean Honoré Fragonard
The Swing
1766, Oil on canvas
32” x 25”
Origins of Neoclassical Art
Pompeii in 1748.
Herculaneum in 1738.
Origins of Neoclassical Art
Lord Elgin
Politics of Neoclassicism
Adopted as the official art style of the revolutions
in France and in America.
Association with the democracy of Greece and
the republicanism of Rome.
Napoleon used the style for propaganda.
Elements of Neoclassicism
Return to the perceived “purity” of the arts of
Model the “ideal” of the ancient Greek arts and, to
a lesser extent, 16th century Renaissance
An emphasis on line and strong design
Color is localized
Portrait bust of
Benjamin Franklin
Jean Antoine Houdon
Jacques-Louis David. The Oath of Horatii.
1784. Oil on canvas. 330 x 425 cm. Louvre, Paris, France.
Jacques-Louis David
Death of Socrates (1748-1825)
Jacques-Louis David
Death of Marat.
Oil on canvas. 1793.
Jacques-Louis David.
Bonaparte Crossing the St.
Bernard Pass.
1800. Oil on canvas
260 x 221 cm.
Jacques-Louis David. Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the
Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris on 2 December 1804.
1808. Oil on canvas. 621 x 979 cm. Louvre, Paris, France.

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