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Dark Romanticism at the Musée d'Orsay

From 05 March 2013 to 09 June 2013

Dark themes from a romantic perspective

The Musée d'Orsay will soon be launching a new exhibition called 'The Angel of the Odd: Dark Romanticism from Füssli to Max Ernst,' which presents an overview of the dark romanticism movement.

By assembling a collection of more than 200 works, from Delacroix to Goya, the museum is bringing this dark vision to a wide audience in the city of Paris. The thing that these works all have in common is their dark and disturbing subject matter, which often incorporates superstitions or unnerving themes.

The works presented date from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and were created by artists such as Delacroix, Friedrich, Goethe, Géricault and Goya. This unique exhibition enables spectators to analyze the mores of a society operating within the Age of Reason, where science and logic are supposed to rule over superstitions.

As such, traditionally supernatural themes are often depicted in human terms, with war and human savagery used as symbols. In addition to paintings, the exhibit also includes sculptures and films, which immerse visitors in a multimedia experience that leaves them questioning the dark history of modern society and art.