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Neoclassical Prints

Neoclassicism was a classical art movement that spanned from 1770 to 1830 and grew alongside Romanticism. This art style was developed as a return to the 'ideal' artistic expression and the various harmonic forms that were discovered by archaeologists as being archetypal of ancient Greek and Roman art. Neoclassicism was a return to the foundations of classic art, whose purpose was to enlighten the viewer through sophisticated depictions of traditional Greek and Roman characteristics of beauty, purity, and harmony. Because this art was focused on aesthetic beauty meant for contemplation, most of the artwork featured in this category had people as the primary subject. However, the sculpted way that people were depicted wasn't the only characteristic of this art category. Idyllic compositions, carefully planned backgrounds, and metaphorical imagery all form a vision of ideal beauty in these framed neoclassical art.

Neoclassical Paintings

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Flaming June
by Frederic Leighton
12" x 12"
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Cupidon
by William Adolphe Bouguereau
20" x 28"
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Story Book
by William Adolphe Bouguereau
24" x 30"
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Bonaparte at Mont St. Bernard
by Jacques-Louis David
9" x 11"
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The Declaration of Independence
by John Trumbull
34" x 24"
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Napoleon (1769-1821) Crossing the Alps at the St Bernard Pass
by Jacques-Louis David
18" x 24"
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Thomas Jefferson
by Rembrandt Peale
16" x 20"
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The Declaration of Independence
by John Trumbull
34" x 24"
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Painter's Honeymoon, about 1864
by Frederic Leighton
28" x 32"
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Napoleon Bonaparte
by Jacques-Louis David
18" x 24"
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La Naissance de Venus
by Alexandre Cabanel
34" x 22"
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Position Avantageuse
by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
24" x 32"
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The Death of Marat, 1793
by Jacques-Louis David
18" x 24"
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The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon
by Jacques-Louis David
24" x 18"
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Flaming June
by Frederic Leighton
27" x 31"
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The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon
by Jacques-Louis David
24" x 18"
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Le couloir de l'Opera
by Jean Beraud
24" x 31"
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The Oath of Horatii
by Jacques-Louis David
24" x 18"
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The Oath of Horatii
by Jacques-Louis David
36" x 28"
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The Grand Odalisque, 1814
by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
19" x 13"
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1863 Alexandre Cabanel - The Birth of Venus
by Unknown
16" x 12"
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The Tennis Court Oath, 20th June 1789
by Jacques-Louis David
24" x 18"
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The Return from the Race
by Carle Vernet
26" x 17"
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Greek Girls Picking up Pebbles
by Frederic Leighton
19" x 13"
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Greek Goddess Eos, the Goddess of Dawn
by William Adolphe Bouguereau
12" x 22"
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Lesbia
by John Reinh Weguelin
10" x 12"
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View of the Boyar Palace in the Moscow Kremlin
by P.h. Benoist
24" x 18"
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Madonna and Child On The Clouds
by F. Parmigianino
13" x 17"
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The Tennis Court Oath, 20th June 1789
by Jacques-Louis David
24" x 18"
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Libra and Her Sparrow 1907
by Sir Edmond John Poynter
16" x 20"
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Ravishment Of Psyche
by Antonio Canova
24" x 36"
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Music Lesson
by Frederic Leighton
12" x 12"
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Madame Recamier, 1800
by Jacques-Louis David
24" x 18"
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The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of the Empress Josephine
by Jacques-Louis David
24" x 18"
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Bonaparte at Mont St. Bernard
by Jacques-Louis David
24" x 29"
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William Bouguereau is one of the artists that exemplify neoclassical attitudes in his work. His paintings, which portray several different subjects, have beautifully sculpted figures that ignite the imagination and fascinate viewers. In addition, his clean line work and subtle palette of brilliantly colored figures are combined with the highly detailed, shallow backgrounds, which are similar to theatrical backdrops in execution, characteristics which are perfectly in line with the neoclassical aesthetics.

However, one of the art works that helped to revolutionize this category into what it is today was the painting 'Oath of the Horatii' by Jacques-Louis David. Rather than trying to copy the works of classic artists, this French painter worked to redefine these principles into something unique with his work, and succeeded. Thanks to this artist and other French influences, Neoclassicism gained its signature look before being adapted fully by Western artists as an innovative way of depicting the world around them.

Because of the rich colors and fanciful subjects of this art, Neoclassicism has become a special favorite of art enthusiasts around the world. In many ways, this category has redefined what art means for the people today and will continue to inspire audiences in the future.
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