John Constable | Best known for his depictions of bucolic English landscapes, Constable revolutionized the way that these landscape images were painted.
Eugène Delacroix | Delacroix was very much a Romantic artist - with his exotic subjects, vibrant colors, and dramatic, emotional treatment of such themes as the Death of Sardanapalus and Medea, he defined Romanticism.
Theodore Gericault | His painting The Raft of the Medusa was a statement of pure Romantic emotion and drama - and indeed, this painting is the first masterpiece of Romanticism.
J.M.W. Turner | The power of nature was one of Turner's primary artistic obsessions, and he explored this subject in some of the most stunning and powerful works painted in the 19th century, including The Slave Ship and Rain, Steam, and Speed.
A fascinating and erudite exploration of Romanticism, by Hugh Honour. This book features such interesting chapters as: "Frozen Music", "The Last Enchantments of the Middle Ages", and "The Mysterious Way". There are also many fine black and white pictures.