Influence Of French Revolution On The Artistic Styles Of The 19th Century

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The Rococo artistic style of the 18th century greatly reflected the leisure and extravagance of the reigning aristocracy of France, so much as to where many Rococo paintings exhibited the excess of such wealthy lifestyles. The advent of the Enlightenment, however, challenged the existence of the ruling class through its focus on the sovereignty of the individual. The philosophy of the Enlightenment eventually led to the French Revolution, which ousted the ruling aristocracy and in return created a democratic republic. This new way of thought called for an end to the excessive and vulgar artwork of the Rococo period, and the beginnings of an artistic philosophy based on human moral righteousness, as is seen in the periods of Neoclassicism and Romanticism. This brief essay will discuss the influence of the French Revolution on the artistic styles of the Neoclassical and Romantic periods. In discussing the influence of French democracy, examples will be given of Neoclassical and Romantic paintings that exhibit the Enlightenment philosophy of the French Revolution.
Many art historians will attribute an accentuation of the beauty, wealth, and leisurely life of the French aristocracy to that of the French Rococo period. However, at the same time that many Rococo paintings showed scenes of well-being and plenty, the scenes of French society during this period were far from plentiful. While many French aristocratic families were living lives of excess, the citizens of the French…

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