Civilisation

Episode 12: The Fallacies of Hope

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Kenneth Clark traces the progressive disillusionment of Romantic movement artists.

Kenneth Clark traces the progressive disillusionment of the artists of the Romantic movement during the 19th Century.

'Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive' wrote Wordsworth of the early days of the French Revolution, but the storming of the Bastille led not to freedom but to the Terror, the dictatorship of Napoleon and the dreary bureaucracies of the 19th Century.

Kenneth Clark traces the progressive disillusionment of the artists of the Romantic movement through the music of Beethoven, the poetry of Byron and the sculpture of Rodin.

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