I have chosen to discuss Théodore Gericault (French, 1791–1824) Evening: Landscape with an Aqueduct, 1818. This painting exemplifies so many things about the time period of romanticism. The painting is very telling of the romantic period and how it has both a positive and negative light. On the left side of the painting there is a sunsetting light that is showing the sweet aspect of the romantic period and on the right side near the rocky mountains is a sharp darkness which reveals the negative and ugly side of the romantic period. I think the darkness can be related to the pain of the romantic period and what the pain meant to society.
This painting embodies the fantastical elements in the romanic period based on the castle that is shown just beneath the mountain.The symbolism that is evident within this painting is truly mimicking the symbolism that is in the poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”.
In the poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” there is a lot of nature based symbolism. For example,