Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Some of the Romantics

It could be argued that Romanticism was more successful in changing history than Enlightenment for the romantics changed the definition of what it means to be human while the engligtened were only made aware of self. I'll present to you evidence to support my claim in a series of post over the next month or so.

Henry Fuseli's The Dream of Eve

Here now the first bit:

Individuality is a by-product of the romantic era. Self-definition, self-invention, adolescence or the time to fine oneself, the idea that the best path to faith is through individual choice all of these things are products of romantic celebration. This and the whole notion of the individual at the expense of society and tradition.

William Blake's Pity

There is no doubt the romantics were driven by sentiments of affection, sorrow, romantic longing and that their art evoked all manners of irrational scenes designed to pull strong emotions but it was not all silly and tender. The romantics explored the conflicts between moral and sensual values. They also passionately defended reason and the individual rights to pursuit happiness.

Do not dismiss the art for both Blake and Fuseli exemplified what it was to be romantic without too much of the sweet.

So much to do and so little time but you be patient with me for I'll call on you very soon.
My love, my care,


  1. Very thought-provoking post. I look forward to the next installment in the series.

    The paintings you used for illustration are beautiful, I especially like the Blake.

  2. Interesting thoughts--I'll be waiting to see what else you post on the subject.

  3. I'm a writer -- also a historical novelist. Just stumbled here. Lovely blog, I'd love to see your novel :)


  4. Your dedication to the 'Romantic' is exemplary. In England we were spoon-fed Blake from an early age. He's a national treasure.

    Bisou, Cro.

  5. Personally, I'll never forgive Blake for wandering around in his tiny, East-End garden in the nude, bringing down local property prices. The original neighbor from Hell? (Heaven and Hell?)

  6. Beautiful paintings for today. I can't get enough of them

  7. I'm a big fan of the Romantic artwork. I especially like this Blake painting.

    Look forward to seeing what else you post about his fascinating subject.


    P.s. I'm having a little giveaway over on my blog if you fancy taking a little look.

  8. Where do you find these paintings?? Wow! I love all romantic anything, hence I love your blog. So nice!

  9. My dear Simone!-)*

    Individuality and Romantic-the are great sisters with each other!!!

    Such a gorgeous painting,thank you,my dear,dear friend!-)***

    Many love and blessings,


  10. Simone, I actually love that era in literature. There was so much that was produced during that time period that just sings to my heart. And far from just being "sweet", there was also a lot of darkness... but you know I love that too. Definitely a time period worth exploring, and definitely for more than just the literature.


  11. Aloha sweet Simone,
    I love how I get completely submerged in your posts of thought, art, literature and the lovely things that only swim in the deeper parts of the life's pool.
    Thank you for sharing your gifts....truly lovely
    Sending Warm Hawaiian Sunshine
    The water was the color of Topaz today...

  12. As always, intriguing post and beautiful pictures. keep em coming.

    All the best