Following its opening at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main, the exhibition “The Angel of the Odd. Dark romanticism from Goya to Max Ernst”Moves to Orsay's Museum in Paris. The exhibition displays about 200 works, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and twelve films from the interwar period.
Mario Praz, literary critic and art historian, was the first to use the term "dark romance” thus recognizing a large part of literature and art which, from the 1760s onwards, was hiding behind the apparent enlightened triumph.
At the end of the 18th century they began to appear dark novels that in a short time generated great success in England. Between a mixture of fear and pleasure, painters and sculptors to playwrights and novelists explored the terrain of the sadistic and the grotesque, introducing the viewer into a dark immensity.
The authors Goya and Géricault they show us the cruelties of war, Fuseli and Delacroix they offer us works by Dante, Milton, Shakespeare and Goethe giving life to ghosts, witches and demons.
Due to the ambiguity about belief in progress many artists became dreamers and moved into the occult. Although artists such as Khnopff, Spilliaert and Klinger hide behind their silence, to blur the border between dream and reality, the work of Ensor, Stuck and Rops present fantasies of witches, laughing skeletons, jellyfish and sphinxes that show a disillusionment with their present. and they yearn for creative freedom opposed to the limitations of the bourgeoisie.
Shortly after the cinema took over movies like Frankenstein and Faust whose unforgettable scenes have been established in the collective imagination.
Through this exhibition We are allowed to reevaluate and broaden our understanding of the literary and artistic sources from the world of dark romanticism that continue to significantly influence movies, video games, and musical works today.
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