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This edition: An Age of Reason, An Age of Passion





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Part 1. An Age of Reason
Part 2. An Age of Passion
The voluptuous fantasies of Boucher and the elegant allegories of Watteau and Fragonard are rejected by a society in violent revolt. David's cool and ordered paintings urge a return to the nobler ideals of a classical past. His brush is transformed from a tool in the king's service to a powerful weapon for the Revolution, as we see in his masterpiece "The Death of Marat." The optimism of the Enlightenment is shattered in the wake of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Paintings by Gericault, Turner, Delacroix, and Goya demonstrate the astonishing range of styles in the Romantic movement as artists strive for individual expression.

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