Neoclassicism was a reaction to the over-the-top opulence of the Rococo style. As the Rococo exemplified and reflected the courts of the French kings so did the Neoclassical exemplify and reflect the austerity of the new French republic.
The style involves symmetrical arrangements, lack of ornamentation, classical subjects such as Roman myths, and figures dressed in togas. The subjects of the paintings were often chosen to support and prop up the ideals of allegiance to the state, public virtue, and simplicity. The architecture of this period was done in Roman style, with large central domes and triangular pediments supported by pillars, all symmetrically arranged. Besides the political republicanism, this period was accompanied by the Age of Reason and the start of formal archaeology.
Printable Neoclassical Art Cards
Print these Neoclassical Art Cards and descriptions onto white card stock. Cut the cards out on the solid lines.
Help your kids become familiar with these paintings and artists by playing matching games, sorting the cards, and quizzing over them.
- Place the cards face down, with images in one group and description cards in another group. Choose one card from each group. Determine if they match. You can read the description of the painting to see if they do.
- Arrange the paintings in order of date. Which were painted first? Can you see a progression of techniques or style in the cards?
- Hold up an image card and see if your child can remember the title of the painting. After these are mastered, use the image cards to memorize the titles and artists together. Finally master the titles, artists, and a little information about the painting.
- Go online and find more art by the same artists. Can you tell which artist painted the piece just by looking at the style?