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American Neoclassical Portrait Painter
Education - learned to the basics of painting in his fathers, Charles Willson Peale
Cause of Death - Old Age
Artist Biography Artist Biography
Rembrandt Peale's portrait paintings are outstanding examples of the Americanized Neoclassical style in the nineteenth century. His historical portraits of George and Martha Washington and others, were all within the guidelines firmly dictated by the French Academy. Peale's style is characterized by realism and historical subject matter, and a refined sensibilityDescription 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 spread of Neoclassical Art was primarily inspired by recent roman archeological excavations, including Pompeii and by the writings of art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann. Winckelmann touted Greco-Roman art, writing explicit descriptions of erotic sculptures from Classical Antiquity thereby encouraging an interest in Greek antiquities. Neoclassical art is characterized by its classical form and structure, clarity, and to an degree, realism.
French Neoclassism painters emphasis's patriotism, as well as a sense of civility and honorableness. The movement was particularly connected with the beliefs of the French Revolution and was seen as anti-aristocratic. The fantasy-based aristocratic art of the Rococo seemed an insult upon the rights of men and was vilified by critics and the general public. In an age of sweeping revolution and transformation Neoclassicism became the art of change.
Principle Artists of the Neoclassical Period
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