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What is the influence of Romanticism on today's culture?

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Romanticism was a movement in the arts centered in Europe and North America. It emphasized art as a form of individual self-expression and believed the value of an artistic work lay in its emotional power rather than technical excellence.

One problem in determining the degree to which it was influential is whether one regards it as a cause or symptom. If, for example, one sees Romanticism as an expression of bourgeois culture, replacing the ethos of aristocratic culture with a bourgeois one, then the subsequent emphasis on individual emotion and authenticity as a value in art would not be so much an influence of Romanticism as a growth of the culture shift of which it was a symptom.

The individualism and emotional emphasis of Romanticism is amplified in many works of the Victorian era, and leads to the "decadent" movement at the end of the 19th century. One can also argue that various expressionistic forms of art are an extreme forms of Romanticism.

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