A good set of Romantic sculptures
From the very beginning of the 19th century, breaking away from the over strict rules of the neoclassical art still very much in fashion, artists began to try to express feelings and states of mind considered unworthy of interest until then: passions, dreams, madness…
National history, still being laid down at the time, and literature, as always, also offered a great number of subjects.
The Romantic movement was short and works are rare, even more so in sculpture. Although Romantic painting was recognised from as early as 1819 with Géricault, it wasn't until the 1830's that the masterpieces of Romantic sculpture were created, after Roland furieux by Jehan Duseigneur.
The Musée des Augustins has a good set of Romantic sculptures which offers clear examples of the themes of the period.