8 key terms from my essay–A Comparative Study of French Romantic Art and British Romantic Art
Decomposition: the state or process of rotting( decay ).The aesthetics of decomposition: a study into the representation of the process of human decomposition within a fine art context, and its symbolic connotations to aspects of the human condition.
Medieval: of or relating to the Middle Ages, In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages (or medieval period) lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery
Rationality: the quality of being based on or in accordance with reason or logic.A classic from Isaac Asimov, posted by Jeremy Bruno:
“How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection. An artist is emotional, they think, and uses only his intuition; he sees all at once and has no need of reason. A scientist is cold, they think, and uses only his reason; he argues carefully step by step, and needs no imagination. That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers.”
Enlightenment: the action of enlightening or the state of being enlightened.Art During the Enlightenment. Previous to the enlightenment, the dominant artistic style was Rococo. When the Enlightenment and its new ideas took hold, Rococo was condemned for being immoral, indecent, and indulgent, and a new kind of instructive art was called for, which became known as Neoclassicism
Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.A look at art that uses the aesthetics of 1990s graphic design to become new. … Nostalgia is an intellectual and aesthetic crutch that prevents cultural artefacts from reflecting their own epochs.
Aesthetic: concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement. Aesthetics is for the artist as Ornithology is for the birds. Some separate aesthetics and philosophy of art, claiming that the former is the study of beauty while the latter is the study of works of art. It examines topics such as aesthetic objects, aesthetic experience, and aesthetic judgments.
Diagonals: a straight line joining two opposite corners of a square, rectangle, or other straight-sided shapes.Art Composition Structure #3 – Diagonals. Diagonal lines in paintings are great for creating a dynamic design. They create tension, and thus a visual interest, in a painting that is different from horizontal and vertical lines.
Exoticism: Scholar Alden Jones defines exoticism in art and literature as the representation of one culture for consumption by another. An archetypical example is an artist and writer Paul Gauguin and his representations of Tahitian people and landscapes for a French audience.