The participation of F. Stendhal in the romantic movement

The participation of F. Stendhal in the romantic movement

As already noted, Stendhal was an active participant in the romantic movement and a fighter for the creation of a “new art” in France. The well-known critic Sh. De Sainte-Beuve called him “the hussar of romanticism,” bearing in mind that in the then military tactics the hussar regiments were advanced detachments of the troops, entered into battle. The artist himself, like his younger friend and like-minded P. Merimee, considered himself “a real romantic.” This really was the basis, because both writers adhered to some of the principles of romanticism in their work.

Thus, Stendhal’s conviction that the subject of modern art should be the spiritual and emotional life of a person, fits into the overall strategy of romanticism, which concentrated artistic attention on the inner world of the individual, opened the “subjective person” in its depth, complexity and ambiguity. These tendencies, which are also characteristic of Stendhal’s work, were most fully and intensively embodied in his top novels “Red and Black” and “Parma Monastery.” Another fundamentally important aspect of the aesthetic and artistic program of the writer, introduces it into the general channel of romanticism, is the preference for expression over the image, in a broad sense meant a departure from the “imitative” art systems of previous eras.

Stendhal’s acquaintance with Romanticism took place during

the first Italian period of his life and creativity, when he self-identified as an artist. In Italy, the writer communicates with young Italian romantics and tells his friends that “in Milan there is a fierce struggle between romantics and classics… I am a mad romantic, that is, I am for Shakespeare and against Racine, for Byron and against Boileau.” It is worth noting that Italian Romanticism was especially close to Stendhal and made a significant impact on his work.

Вернувшись во Францию ​​в 1821 г., Стендаль активно включается в литературную борьбу. В 1823 и 1825 годах он издает двумя брошюрами литературный манифест “Расин и Шекспир”, в котором подвергает безоговорочной критике классицизм и выступает горячим поборником романтизма. Правда, в понятие “романтизм” Стендаль вкладывал смысл, который в существенных моментах не совпадал с общепринятым во французских романтиков. Писатель называл его, как это принято у итальянцев и англичан, “романтицизмом”, чтобы отделить от консервативных мистических течений, распространенных во французском романтизме. Романтизм для Стендаля – это прежде всего искусство современности, выражающего ее содержание и дух, тогда как классицизм – это искусство прошлого, “маркизов XVII в. в расшитых камзолах”. ” Романтизм, – пишет он, – это искусство давать народам такие литературные произведения, которые при современном состоянии их обычаев и верований могут принести им наибольшее наслаждение. Классицизм, наоборот, предлагает им литературу, которая приносила наибольшее наслаждение их прадедам”.

To be a romantic, Stendhal claimed, one must be brave, in fact, one must be an innovator, discover new ways in art, be able to take risks, find new means and forms of expression – unlike a cautious classicist who does not step back from the unshakable rules and authoritative installations. The writer resolutely denied the existence of ideals and samples of art that are unchanging for all times and peoples, that is, his timeless canons, stating that “there are so many ideals of beauty, as many different forms of a nose and different characters.”


The participation of F. Stendhal in the romantic movement