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The history behind the latest art trend - Jove decadent. Després del ball or 'After the ball' by Ramon Casas

The woman depicted by the Catalan artist Ramon Casas in the original oil on canvas 1899 painting looks as though she had a truly fabulous time at the party! The lady in question is commonly referred to as 'the young decadent'. So why is it now popular again you ask? Green art is a huge current trend (especially emerald green art) and Victorian ladies are also on trend. But where did it originate from and what is the history behind it? 

The Decadent movement was a late-19th-century artistic and literary movement, centred in Western Europe that followed an aesthetic ideology of excess and artificiality. It first flourished in France and then spread throughout Europe and onward to the United States. The movement was characterised by self-disgust, sickness at the world and a general scepticism. It highlighted a delight in perversion, some employment of crude humour and a belief in the superiority of human creativity over logic and the natural world.

Ramon Casas i Carbó  (1866 – 1932) was a Catalan artist. Living through a turbulent time in the history of his native Barcelona, he was known as a portraitist, sketching and painting the intellectual, economic, and political elite of Barcelona, Paris, Madrid and beyond. He was also known for his paintings of crowd scenes ranging from the audience at a bullfight to the assembly for an execution to rioters in the Barcelona streets. Also a graphic designer, his posters and postcards helped to define the Catalan art movement known as modernisme. 

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This artwork would be amazing as a feature piece for the bedroom, lounge or living room in a home. 

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  • Apr 13, 2023
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