American Realism - Twentieth-Century Drawings and by Alvin Martin

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Two of these were bloody. The American Revolution, inspired in part by the Dutch Republic and by Cromwell's Commonwealth, created a democratic republic that not only still — — ern era. This revolutionary tion which are and eco- and certainly it is change and the change produces that has characterized the mod- lution implies change, education was the means to their ultimate goal: the freedom of the individual to succeed through his own abilities. Educa- of spirit in politics, science, nomics, born of the Enlightenment, has been ongoing.

Revolution was in progress and the ramifications spirit has certainly informed mod- art. In the late eighteenth century, two distinct styles, the emerged simultaneously. They represent opposite responses to the Enlightenment and industrialization. The Neoclassical style, which appeared first in England, is a reasoned and rational return to Classical models and ideals. Influenced by the writings of Johann Winckelmann and Edward Gibbon, the leading Neoclassicists of the mid-century attempted, with good historical methodology, to turn to ancient Greece and Rome as sources Neoclassical and the Romantic, all which differentiate our world from that of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Dutch artists observed the interest in the naturalism in the seventeenth century. Utrecht was the earli- view est center of Caravaggism in Holland. It was imported via Itby Hendrik Terbrugghen, who had seen the work of Caravaggio in Rome. Haarlem's leading artist, Frans Hals, combined objective observation with dashing brushwork to jects; aly sweep capture a movemented instant, a conception drawn upon two hundred years later by the Impressionists. Rembrandt of Leyden and Amsterdam, the universal genius of drawing, painting, and printmaking, combined realism with dramatic tonal contrasts to create images of unsurpassed psychological depth.

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