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Classical Blog Post

Introduction

During the Classical Era there were tons of musical, theatrical, and art being produced that became famous. Portraits were being created that expressed a new sense of calmness. The tone’s being used were soft and warm in my chosen images.

Lady Elizabeth Delme and her Children (1777-1779) by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Description

The painting, Lady Elizabeth Delme and her Children by Sir Joshua Reynolds was created in 1777-1779, on a canvas with oil painting in Britain. He created this British oil painting after exploring Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Venice. Reynolds studied and taught classical values, Greek and Roman sculptures, and Renaissance paintings.

This painting speaks quietness. The warm and soothing colors involved give a sense of peace and love, while she holds her children. There is so much detail, even in the far trees in the background. It also shows a great appreciation for nature, that looks very lifelike. This image falls into the Classical Era in 1777. The creation also amplifies elegance and has a clear sense of texture, which is different from the Renaissance and Baroque Era’s. I honestly love this painting, its beautiful. Elizabeth and her children sit underneath a huge tree, with an quiet background, showing revolution in wealth through their clothing, hair, and status.

Portrait of French artist Francois Boucher (1741) by painter Gustav Lundberg

Description

The Portrait of French artist Francois Boucher was created in 1741 by Swedish painter Gustav Lundberg during the Classical era in Sweden. It is a Rococo style oil painting on a canvas. Gustav became famous throughout his time for his well known Rococo creations. He spent a lot of his later career painting portraits of people in Sweden, such as Crown Prince and King Gustav III for the Royal Court. He was named the court portrait painter. Artist Francis Boucher, who the painting is of, had greatly contributed to the French Rococo movement with his classical themes, becoming one of the most famous artist of this time period. Revolution is seen in Francois Boucher himself, showing that artistry could bring one wealth and fame overtime.

I like the portrait. I wouldn’t own a copy of it, but I appreciate it and enjoyed analyzing it. It is crazy how detailed it is, but in a soft way. It doesn’t have rough and sharp details, or many noticeable lines, it is blended extremely nice. I also think this image looks more lifelike than others from this era, it is quite obvious why Lundberg painted portraits, he was amazing at it.

Surrender of General Burgoyne (1821) by John Trumbell

Description

The oil canvas painting, Surrender of General Burgoyne by John Trumbell in 1821 was based on the event of British General John Burgoyne surrendering in Saratoga, New York, on October 17th, 1777. Burgoyne battled with American General Horatio Gates at the time. The painting is showing General Burgoyne prepared to surrender his sword to General Gates. The American’s then halted the British from dividing New England from the other colonies, causing a revolution with the American’s and French. Trumbell based a majority of his paintings off of real life events in the 1790’s. This painting was completed in 1821, and was exhibited in New York City in from January to March afterwards.

I found the painting very interesting because it is based on a battle, but shows calmness and respect. The demeanor of the picture is very classy. The tone of the image is also very bright in a classical theme, it isn’t dark and cold, like a stereotypical war painting would be. No one is in a panic, everyone’s facial expressions are very unbothered. The painting is an example of the calm after the storm.

Sources:

Gustaf Lundberg. (2019). Wikipedia. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustaf_Lundberg

Jochim, Mark. (2018). The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga. Retrieved from: https://stampaday.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/the-surrender-of-general-burgoyne-at-saratoga/

Elizabeth Delme and Her Children. Retrieved from: https://www.aoc.gov/art/historic-rotunda-paintings/surrender-general-burgoyne

Surrender of General Burgoyne. Retrieved from: https://www.aoc.gov/art/historic-rotunda-paintings/surrender-general-burgoyne

Jones, Jonathan. (2001). Madame de Pompadour, Francois Boucher (1759). Retrieved from: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2001/sep/08/art

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One thought on “Classical Blog Post

  1. Bethany,

    I think you did a great job with the selection of art that you chose to display in your exhibit, I almost feel as if you stuck to a color scheme. I do have to say I am a bit confused as to what the theme is in relation to, I’m going to assume it’s tied into the art and revolution of the 1700s or morality and Art of the classical era. Regardless, I really am drawn to the first painting of Lady Elizabeth Delme and her children. I can appreciate the emotions coming through from the facial expressions and the sophistication. Overall, I just wish there was a bit more composure as far as what the theme was here to be able to tie the learning all together as a reader.

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