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School of Critical Studies. The poet Burns described, in the dialect of his country, the innocent and peaceful life of an honourable couple. These verses, composed for one of the most beautiful national tunes of ancient Caledonia, are simple, soft and natural, and they inspired a similar feeling to the painter. This notion that Burns was the best author to read in order to understand rural life in Scotland was commonly shared at the time.
The article defined English poetry as essentially turned towards the true depiction of nature, in the following terms:. Verses of good [English] poets seem to have been composed out of doors; outdoor objects are faithfully depicted, and the impression that they produce is faithfully given. The simpler feelings, those of family life so well protected by rural existence, keep all their strength and all their purity. It shines with the utmost brightness in Burns, in Crabbe, in Walter Scott ….
In , Hippolyte Lucas wrote about Burns:. The elegiac string resonates best under the hand of the bard; he was early permeated with the charms and wonders of nature; he knows all its aspects at the diverse hours of the day. He knows what birds say one to another; as was the fairytale princess, he seems to have been taught their language.
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The engraving was published in Le Magasin Pittoresque in , accompanying an article dedicated to the Burns Monument erected near Ayr. I have received the two volumes which you have sent me, Theocritus and Robert Burns, and I am doubly grateful to you, both for the kindness of your thought and for the pleasure which the works themselves have given me. First of all, I must tell you, I seized upon Theocritus and did not let him go until I had devoured his poems.
He has his own special flavour; he smacks of the soil. They make me wish more ardently than ever to express certain things which belong to my own home, the old home where I used to live. But it was a different aspect of his work that produced the most remarkable artistic response.
A Major Artistic Response: Being a narrative poem, it conveyed a totally contrasted message to its European audience.
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As was stated in the article on Burns in Le Magasin pittoresque:. As almost all [the works of Burns] were composed in the Scottish dialect, we only can know them through translations: Of all the poets, the epic and the tragic are the ones which lose the least by passing through the translation process.
So as simplified as they can be, as unrecognisable as they become under their disguise, they still impose themselves on our curiosity and admiration, by the power of their invention and the events they tell. Delacroix was a young artist — 27 at the time — who had exhibited his works for the first time only three years earlier at the Paris Salon. The scandalous success of his Dante and Virgil in Hell , now kept in the Louvre, solidified his reputation.
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In , when he was working on his second manifesto on Romanticism in painting, The Massacres at Chios , Delacroix wrote in his Journal: Delacroix chose to illustrate the most famous episode of the poem:. Now, do thy speedy utmost, Meg, And win the key-stane o' the brig; There at them thou thy tail may toss, A running stream they dare na cross. But ere the key-stane she could make, The fient a tail she had to shake! For Nannie, far before the rest, Hard upon noble Maggie prest, And flew at Tam wi' furious ettle; But little wist she Maggie's mettle - Ae spring brought off her master hale, But left behind her ain gray tail; The carlin claught her by the rump, And left poor Maggie scarce a stump.
The painting was exhibited in Paris at the Galerie Lebrun exhibition in Delacroix painted a second version c. It is now kept in Basel.
Several drawings were also executed by Delacroix between and as preparatory drawings for painted versions. A beautiful drawing of Tam and his mare is notably kept in Cambridge at the Fitzwilliam Museum. It is usually dated c. In an undated letter to an unknown recipient, Delacroix explains how he chose the subject:.
I had begun it as intended for you, but it went through various states, and was consequently hung for a long time. It is a very famous Scottish ballad by Burns, the popular poet of that country: The witches set upon his trail, led by a young witch who pulls the tail of his horse, until the tail comes off in her in hand. I omitted this episode. Varnish it only after some time. A thousand best wishes. I read Tam o' Shanter's story in the very ballad written by Burns, in Scots, with the local dialect — very difficult to understand — which was explained to me step by step by a person from the country.
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Delacroix was likely inspired by visual examples as well. Rogers, and it is very likely that Delacroix saw the print. What could Delacroix have found in Burns that captivated his attention up to the point that more than twenty years after his discovery of the text, he was still interested in it? I am involved in riding horseback, I am in great good spirits. I have just barely missed breaking my neck three or four times — but all that builds character.
His powerful brushstrokes  and an intentional lack of definition provoked the critics. An interesting thing happened when these paintings were exhibited; as the critics were unfamiliar with literary subject of the works, they concentrated their observations on the formal, picturesque and aesthetic aspects of the canvas.
This stood in contrast to the usual course of critical reception of paintings, when critics focused on analysing how the painter was able — or not — to transcribe the text, the narrative, with more or less naturalism and accuracy. Consequently, the critical reception was very abrupt. The anonymous critic of the Journal des Artistes wrote about the version: If you stand closer, it is a formless scribbling. See in particular Tam o' Shanter , ballad by Burns, supernatural composition.
The theme of the wild ride, heavy with symbolic content, was of great interest to the Romantic artists. They viewed it as a way to express their aspiration to loosen the reins of imagination and to evoke in melodramatic, metaphysical, and metaphorical terms the creative power of the artist. At the same time, foreign literature provided fresh subjects and new stories through which this new generation of painters and sculptors could embody the theme.
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