The Art of Old

Museum Exhibit

Visit the Art of Old exhibit at the Washam museum of history!

Come learn about the art and music culture of Europe in the 1700s.

Great Composers of The Era

Famous Art Styles


Baroque was in a grand complex style of art. Paintings were large and colorful. They depicted large scenes of battle or life. Popular from 1600 to 1750.


The rococo art was less grand and more personal and elegant. Better for the home, with depictions of flowers and dresses and the such.

Art in the 1800s


The goal of realism was to Reject romantic emphasis on imagination.

Realism is an attempt to make art and literature resemble life. Realist painters and writers take their subjects from the world around them (instead of from idealized subjects, such as figures in mythology or folklore) and try to represent them in a lifelike manner.

As you can see in Jean Francois Millet's The Gleaners realism shows the grim reality of life.


"A movement in art and literature in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in revolt against the Neoclassicism of the previous centuries...The German poet Friedrich Schlegel, who is given credit for first using the term romantic to describe literature, defined it as "literature depicting emotional matter in an imaginative form." This is as accurate a general definition as can be accomplished, although Victor Hugo's phrase "liberalism in literature" is also apt. Imagination, emotion, and freedom are certainly the focal points of romanticism. Any list of particular characteristics of the literature of romanticism includes subjectivity and an emphasis on individualism; spontaneity; freedom from rules; solitary life rather than life in society; the beliefs that imagination is superior to reason and devotion to beauty; love of and worship of nature; and fascination with the past, especially the myths and mysticism of the middle ages." -

This picture on the right shows the characteristics of Romanticism as big, bold, unrealistic, romantic.


Impressionism is a style or movement in painting originating in france in the 1860s, characterized by a concern with depicting the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color.

The example to the right is of an impressionist poem. It shows the characteristics of large brush strokes and less blending.


Photography is the art or practice of taking and processing photographs. This reduced realism because it was much faster to take a photo.

This picture on the right is one of the earliest photos every taken.


the work or style of a varied group of late 19th-century and early 20th-century artists including Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cézanne. They reacted against the naturalism of the impressionists to explore color, line, and form, and the emotional response of the artist, a concern that led to the development of expressionism.

The picture shown here is a Post-impressionism painting.