Romanticism was strongly reflected in visual arts and music. The pieces that resulted from romanticism were always very emotion-oriented. Artists loved to focus their works on subject matter that provoked feelings of fear, dread, awe and uneasiness. They liked to make their viewers have to thoroughly observe their work in order to understand it. Sometimes, artists would base their pieces off of poems or songs that inspired them, or write poems to better describe them afterwards. It promoted folk art and ancient custom to something noble, and made spontaneity a desirable characteristic. (LA)
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Romanticism had its counterpart in the American visual arts, most especially in the exaltation of an untamed American landscape found in the paintings of the Hudson River School. Painters like Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church and others often expressed Romantic themes in their paintings. They sometimes depicted ancient ruins of the old world, such as in Fredric Edwin Church’s piece Sunrise in Syria. These works reflected the Gothic feelings of death and decay. They also show the Romantic ideal that Nature is powerful and will eventually overcome the transient creations of men. (NG)