Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Art & Art History
Miguel Alvar de Baca
The topic to be investigated will consider the contextual and psychological causes of the resurrection of the imagination in nineteenth century art. Primarily considering the paintings of English, French, and German artists, this essay will analyze how these artists, informed by the literature of fantasy and enchantment, used the imagination to construct the methodological and theoretical foundations of modernism. Specifically examining Symbolism as the culmination of the evolution of fantasy and the fairy tale, this essay will seek to map the expansion of artistic originality, skepticism with perception, and accentuated purity of visual language from early fantastic painters to fin-de-siècle artists. Capturing cultural truths, aspirations, and attitudes, the fantasy and the fairy tale, with their multiple incursions into psychology, poetry, and art, offer a unique gateway to studying the preliminary tenets of modernism.
Niese, Samantha L., "Modernism & The Resurrected Imagination: The Art of Fantasy & Fairy Tales in 19th Century England, Germany, and France" (2014). Senior Theses.
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