11. December, 2013|2013, Vol 2 Issue 2013|No comments

Laura Sînziana CUCIUC ROMANESCU

Abstract: The participation of our country in the operations of the First World War, the bravery of Romanian soldiers on the battlefield, and also the sacrifice of the entire Romanian nation for the Great Union of December 1, 1918, represented, as in the War of Independence, a strong source of inspiration for the artists1.

Although the preference for the war scenes will see a significant decrease over time, during the conduct of the armed conflict and in the coming years there will be a special scale.

This kind of approach is, due to the outbreak of the First World War, completely different from that of the last century. European art of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries was dominated by the visual representation of history based solely on its heroic side, an approach characteristic to Romanticism, which prefers to display exceptional characters in exceptional situations. The vast majority of artists concentrated on presenting exceptional character from at least two perspectives – acting figures and unusual moral qualities. They also expressed their ability to alter the course of history in a decisive  anner, approach that is perfectly consistent with the climate throughout the revolution that took place between 1789 and 1848. Instead, the period of the First World War corresponds only to the realistic representations, without pompous and brilliant details, where the heroic deeds are presented equally with peoples’ sacrifices.

Keywords: art, First World War, paintings

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