The term Romanticism was in use in the early nineteenth century to describe the movement in art and literature distinguished by a new interest in human psychology, expression of personal feeling and interest in the natural world.
A complex shift in attitudes away from the dominant classical tradition was at its height from about 1780 to 1830, but continued to be an influence long after that. The overall characteristic was a new emotionalism in contrast to the prevailing ideas of classical restraint.
In British art, Romanticism was embraced in new responses to nature in the art of John Constable and JMW Turner.
Steve’s latest paintings will be on show in the gallery from the 5th of February up until the 26th, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 until 3.