Given birth by the powerful feelings unleashed by the political revolutions of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This cultural movement gave literary and artistic expression to the concepts of "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity." Romanticism was also a movement of reaction -- reaction against the restraint of the Age of Reason, the violence of the French Revolution, the repression following the Napoleonic Wars, and the often harsh working conditions caused by the rapid growth of the Industrial Revolution. In contrast to the Age of Reason, this age turned rationalism to idealism and from intellectual to emotional. Originality above imitation, self-fulfillment over common good. If it felt good it must be good. Went too far against all rules and laws of man and God.
An artistic movement that focused on nature, feelings, and emotions.