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Misfit: Henri Fantin-Latour 1 First flowers
Painters of note in France during the latter half of the nineteenth century are generally quite easy to classify. There were Impressionists, some of whom became Divisionists and/or Post-Impressionists, Realists and Naturalists (whose work I have covered quite extensively here), the Nabis at the end of the century, and... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 22 USA, Robinson, Twachtman, Weir
Although there were other American Impressionists, most of the remainder have slipped into relative obscurity. Here I will cover, a bit more briefly, three of those for whom there are still a reasonable number of good quality images freely available. The most prominent of all American Impressionists was, of... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 23 USA, John Singer Sargent
You may have gathered from my previous article on John Singer Sargent that I rather like his paintings. In fact he is my favourite American painter, and I think one of the greatest painters of all time. So I offer this article in recognition, for you to enjoy some... Read more
Into the Light: Maximilen Luce and the reality of life
Maximilien-Jules-Constant Luce (1858-1941) is one of those artists who we have all heard of, but cannot remember where we saw their work. For his paintings are in galleries and museums around the world – Musée d’Orsay holds quite a few of his very best – but seldom do they... Read more
The coming year in painting: Degas, Murillo, and more
The new year has some anniversaries of major painters which I will be marking with articles here. Here is a sampling of some of the painters whose work I will be looking at, and a few examples of the paintings in store for the coming year. Of these anniversaries,... Read more
Brief Candles: Henri Regnault, the history painter who became history
… Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. (William Shakespeare, Macbeth Act 5, scene 5.) The most famous artist to die in the Franco-Prussian War was the French Impressionist... Read more
Carolus-Duran: Portraits and pupils 1
John Singer Sargent was a precocious and gifted painter, but those talents were realised with the teaching of Carolus-Duran, whose art is almost unknown. Charles Auguste Émile Durand, who called himself Carolus-Duran, died a century ago. This article and the next look at his career and a small selection... Read more
Carolus-Duran: Portraits and pupils 2
By the mid 1870s, Carolus-Duran had established himself as a portrait painter in Paris, and in 1874-75 had his first solo show at the Cercle des Mirlitons. Carolus-Duran (1837–1917), Portrait of Mademoiselle de Lancey (1876), oil on canvas, 157 × 211 cm, Le Petit Palais, Paris. Wikimedia Commons. Carolus-Duran... Read more
Among the Hutsul: the oils and pastels of Teodor Axentowicz
Seen from Western Europe, the Vienna Secession may seem distant and of little importance, except in its indirect influence on Art Nouveau through Alphonse Mucha. That is a very parochial view, and ignores altogether the rich art histories of central and eastern European countries, including Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary,... Read more
The Franco-Prussian War: Aftermath
The provisional French government had been very circumspect about capitulating at the end of the Franco-Prussian War in late January 1871, because of their fears of insurrection. The dangers of this were greatest in Paris, where those defending the city had necessarily acted independently of the rest of France... Read more