Victorian Paintings Styles At A Glance


Victorian Painting Styles

Art has always been a fascinating facet of human life. Since the dawn of civilisation art has emerged as an amusing form of expression. Art has been a vehicle through which human beings have showcased and presented their most abstract thoughts, expressed their inner creativity and have captured the beauty of the natural world. Art has been a sort of outer expression to the hidden and untouched areas of the human mind. Art has proved to be the outer expression of the cognitive revolution which humans underwent millennia ago.

What Defines Art? Victorian Painting Styles

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Defining art has been an arduous task for mankind. Some have defined it in a stricter sense (defining it as a discipline or creating something “beautiful”) still others have defined art as encompassing all human activity.

But when someone hears the word “art”, a general imagery that takes form in one’s mind is that of a painting. Something drawn upon a canvas. Now there is an elaborate discipline of Art History which studies the entire route which art has taken from early humans till modern times. One specific period of art development is that of the Victorian Era.

The Victorian Era

A close up of a snow covered field

This era is so named after the Queen of England named Victoria, a lengthy reign taken to be from 1837 A.D. to 1901 A.D. This era is marked with specific developments from technology to philosophy and theology including, as well, art.

Paintings during the early Victorian era were highly influenced by the Royal Academy of Arts and its President, Joshua Reynolds. Their primary focus was that subject matter should be noble and idealised. An important phase of this period was in the mid 19

Romanticism In Victorian Painting Styles

Another important aspect of Victorian Art was of Romanticism which as a movement put its emphasis on emotion and individualism and the glory of the past and nature and had a noticeable impact on the visual arts. Important people included J.M.W Turner, John Martin and John Waterhouse among others. Another movement which defined the Victorian art was the “Aesthetic Movement” which was brought about by French impressionists and focused on creating works of beauty and noble deeds. Painters of aesthetic movement painted scenes of beauty and religious art and did not put attention to the deteriorating quality of life in Britain.

Conclusion: Victorian Painting Styles

At the dawn of the Modern Era, the attitudes and styles of the Victorian Era became outdated and unpopular. Thus a new era in the history of art began which brought with it a different set of ideals and perspectives. Nevertheless the Victorian Era left a legacy for the artists and people of the future alike.

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