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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
Art promotion by the Bloomsbury Group: 1. How Roger Fry changed history
The history of art, as seen from 2015, is often capricious and very different from how it was seen at the time. In 1910, midway between Cézanne’s death and the outbreak of war in Europe, a science graduate turned critic, painter, and art historian, organised an exhibition at the... Read more
Art promotion by the Bloomsbury Group: 2. Clive Bell and Significant Form
Roger Fry may have been the leading art historian, critic, and painter in the Bloomsbury group, but it was Clive Bell who laid down the aesthetic theory which underpinned the group’s thrust to change the direction of art in the twentieth century. Clive Bell (1850-1942) was born into a... Read more
Brief Candles: Jules Bastien-Lepage 2
The previous article saw the development of Jules Bastien-Lepage‘s distinctively realist paintings during the 1870s, from his early Academic style to that of rural naturalism. Over that period, he also developed a successful line in portraiture, attracting some of the great and good, and others who were just sufficiently... Read more
Into the Light: Henry Ossawa Tanner, from 1903
In the previous article, I showed a selection of paintings by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937) and traced his career to 1902. At that stage, he was established in Paris as a successful Post-Impressionist, with a strong showing mainly in genre and religious works, and an international reputation. Henry Ossawa... Read more
Into the Light: Henry Tonks, surgeon, painter, professor
It’s not unusual for artists to have started off studying medicine, and the French Impressionist Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) came close to qualifying as a doctor. It has been suggested that the great Dutch landscape painter Jacob van Ruisdael (c 1629-1682) may have also been a physician, but most would... Read more
Paul Nash: from ancient to surreal, 2 – 1920-1930
In the years following the First World War, Paul Nash (1892–1946) struggled to recover from the stress which the war had imposed. Paul Nash (1892–1946), Cotswold Hills (c 1920), oil on canvas, 49.1 x 59.2 cm, Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, England. The Athenaeum. Cotswold Hills (c 1920)... Read more