Classicism - Clearly Structured Counter-Programme to the Baroque
The art of Classicism is dated between 1770 and 1840. It marked a departure from the playful indulgences of the previously dominant Baroque and Rococo styles. With Classicism, excessive plays on colour and form and allegorical motifs vanished from the canvas. Instead, there was a return to the traditions of antiquity - both in architecture and painting. Thus, clear lines and structures, often very simple-looking pictorial compositions and a drastically reduced colour palette became dominant. The underlying idea was to downplay the emotional impact of colour and give precedence to a rational-looking coolness. For this reason, classicist paintings exude an unmistakable tranquillity today - for example, as eye-catchers in your own home, they positively enhance the experience of the room.
Historical Paintings and Portrait Paintings of Famous Classicist Artworks
The main focus of Classicism was on depicting scenes from ancient Rome or Greece. It was common for this to be accompanied by a certain patriotic attitude. Artists such as Jaques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein were particularly fond of depicting historical events on canvas. "The Death of Marat" or "The Sabine Women" by Jaques-Louis David are famous examples of this classical subject. Another extremely popular classicist theme was portraits: Napoleon, Madame Récamier, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Frederick the Great - they were all immortalised in classicist paintings that still fascinate art lovers today.
Classicist Paintings and Miniature Porcelain Paintings at ars mundi
Paintings from Classicism continue to captivate with their clear compositions, evoking a sense of tranquillity within the viewer. Compared to the works of French painters, the paintings of German artists were often infused with Romantic elements. After all, Romanticism began to influence literature and painting in this country around 1800. The originals from this epoch, which were mostly painted with oil on canvas, can be admired, for instance, at Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany.
In our shop, you can order classicist artworks as elaborate reproductions, which were, for example, produced with the Giclée process. In addition, you can buy miniature porcelain pictures in the classicist style. Many of the porcelain pictures we offer are polished by hand and provided with a noble framing. For lovers of fine arts, these decorative works are a delight - a perfect gift.