Dutch 19th - 20th century

The Romantic Movement was a reaction to the cold neo-classicism of the Napoleontic times throughout western Europe. In an effort to express human feelings and anguish, German and French artists were engaged in contrasting the humility of mankind against the brute forces of nature, resulting in extremely atmospheric scenes with dynamic skies, strong light effects and wild seas. 

The Dutch romantic painters, however, were far less dramatic than their European counterparts. 

 

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