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American Neoclassical Painter of the American Revolutionary War
Education - graduated from Harvard university and later the Royal Academy in London where he studied under Benjamin West
John Trumbull's paintings are outstanding examples of the American Neoclassical style in the nineteenth century. His favorite subjects were historically important scenes from the American Revolution as well as historical portraiture. He believed as Wincklemann did that "Color contributes to beauty, but it is not beauty. Color should have a minor part in the consideration of beauty, because it is not but the structure that constitutes its essence."Description and Origins of the Neoclassic Art Movement
The period is called neoclassical because its artists looked back to the art and culture of classical Greece and Rome. The Neo-Classical movement was centered in Rome, where many painters congregated around the German classical archaeologist and art critic Johann Joachim Wincklemann. Winckelmann gushed about the "noble simplicity and quiet grandeur” of Greek sculpture, which he believed to be the most perfect beauty ever created by human hands, and recommended that artists emulate these classical forms. Neoclassical art is characterized by its classical form and structure, clarity, and to an degree, realism.
Principle Artists of the Neoclassical Period
James Barry Irish,
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