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The Romantic Movement is a project to give information on the philosophy of Romanticism in the Arts, Literature, Philosophy and Music as it occurred throughout the world.

The Oxford Reference defines Romanticism as:

“A movement in the arts and literature which originated in the late 18th century, emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual. Romanticism was a reaction against the order and restraint of classicism and neoclassicism, and a rejection of the rationalism which characterised the Enlightenment”. 

Oxford University Press

WORLDWIDE INFLUENCE: The period of Romanticism can be traced back to 1798 in Great Britain when William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge published their joint poetic work “Lyrical Ballads”. Also in the 1790’s in Germany the Schlegel brothers (August Wilhelm von Schlegel and particularly Friedrich von Schlegel) and their circle in Jena including Novalis did much to put the philosophy of Romanticism on the map. There have been distinct groups of followers in other countries in western and eastern Europe

The United States and South America also had their exponents with people either being influenced by what was going on in Europe or who came to it independently.

Although it was seen as a literary and philosophical movement originally it later spread to the world of painting and music. Ludwig van Beethoven marks the transition between classical and Romantic music and late romantics such as Gustav Mahler continued until the beginning of modernism in the early twentieth century.

You will be able to see who will be covered by looking at the pages for the relevant art form in the main menu above.

Information on this site is gathered from a variety of sources.