What art style is the nightmare?

The Nightmare became an icon of Romanticism and a defining image of Gothic horror, inspiring the poet Erasmus Darwin (Charles Darwin’s grandfather) and the writers Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe among many others.

Is the nightmare a romantic painting?

The Nightmare (1781) – One of the most innovative Romantic artists of his day, the Swiss-born Johann Heinrich Henry Fuseli – son of the portraitist Johann Caspar Fussli (1706-82) – developed an early talent for drawing before moving to London in 1764 at the age of 23.

What does the horse symbolize in the nightmare painting?

Although it is tempting to understand the painting’s title as a punning reference to the horse, the word “nightmare” does not refer to horses. Rather, in the now obsolete definition of the term, a mare is an evil spirit that tortures humans while they sleep.

What are the art elements and principles that you see in the picture?

The elements of art are color, form, line, shape, space, and texture. The principles of art are scale, proportion, unity, variety, rhythm, mass, shape, space, balance, volume, perspective, and depth.

What era was the nightmare painting in?

ArtistHenry Fuseli, Swiss, 1741-1825
TitleThe Nightmare
Mediumoil on canvas
DimensionsUnframed: 40 1/16 × 50 1/16 × 13/16 inches (101.7 × 127.1 × 2.1 cm) Framed: 47 5/8 inches × 58 inches × 3 1/2 inches (121 × 147.3 × 8.9 cm)


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