The nineteenth century, prompted by the innovation, scientific thought and industrialism of the previous century, was awakened to a sensibility of the natural world. The imagination of the Romantic artists transformed the picturesque view of landscape to a more sensitive and personal awareness of nature. Landscape painters and the English Romantic poets who explored the relationship between man and the natural world asserted that the representation of the forms of nature had deep significance. The wonder and wildness of the natural world fueled the imagination of painters such as John Constable and Joseph Mallord Wiliiam Turner, allowing personal visual responses that expressed the ascendancy of emotion over reason.
Lecture given at the Romanticism Past and Present Institute for secondary school faculty, sponsored by Sacred Heart University and the Connecticut Humanities Council. The writers of these essays had the specific task of selecting and presenting their material with secondary school faculty and their students in mind.
"Landscape and Color: The Legacy of Romanticism,"
Sacred Heart University Review: Vol. 8
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.sacredheart.edu/shureview/vol8/iss1/5