Rise of Neoclassicism

As a reaction to the excessive decoration of the Baroque era, artists again looked back
to the Greeks and Romans for a more serious and clear-headed vision of realism.
Society also began to examine the role of the king in the late 1700’s as moral
and political leader.THe French king and his court had distanced themselves
from the population who were living in poverty and dispair. The royal court did
nothing to assist. “Let them eat cake” is a phrase that illustrates the separation
of the king from the population. Consequently, the masses rose-up against
the aristocracy beginning in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille.

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