Explore Romantic art as reaction to the changing industrial world of the early 19th Century.
At the dawn of the 19th Century in Europe, new technologies were dramatically changing the way people lived, produced goods, and traveled. The ideas of the Enlightenment and the advances of the Industrial Revolution had given mankind a newfound faith in the products of reason and human invention. Not everyone saw these changes as entirely positive, however. This period saw the new philosophical movement of Romanticism take hold in the arts and literature. Romantic thinkers rejected the Enlightenment's focus on reason and instead embraced humanity's capacity for emotion and passion (traits that were seen as weaknesses by Enlightenment thinkers.) Many Romantic artworks and stories express a nostalgia for the pre-industrial past, and celebrate the idea of nature as something beyond mankind's ability to conquer and control with new technologies. During this presentation Jason Lamb will examine and explore a number of Romantic artworks that can be understood as reactions to the changing industrial world of the early 19th Century.
Jason Lamb is a published artist, video game designer and art historian with a specialization in Early Modern Art. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History from the University of Illinois and went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Art History at Northern Illinois University. He has given talks on various topics in early modern art at Northern Illinois University, Illinois Central College and the Art Institute of Chicago. His current studio practice is focused primarily in digital painting and animation, and recently his painting, animation and design work was used in the 2014 video game Quest for Infamy, published by Phoenix Online Studios. Jason currently works as a full time professor of Art History at Central Oregon Community College.