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The Women in the Life of Jules Joseph LeFebvre 2
By 1880, Jules LeFebvre (1834–1912) was one of the leading ‘academic’ painters in France, alongside Bouguereau, and with his rival was teaching at the Académie Julian, which that year became the first Paris academy to admit women. It was also very welcoming to non-Francophone artists, particularly those from the... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 21 USA, Childe Hassam
Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) Note: his surname is British, not Arabic, in origin, and he placed the stress on the first syllable, HASSəm. He was known to all though as Childe, pronounced as in child. Born in Dorchester, Boston, MA, in 1859, he studied the craft of wood engraving... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 0 index of peri-Impressionists
This is an index of the 61 artists covered in this series to 9 July 2015. A total of 38 entries are given with an example painting, a short summary, and link to the article in which their career and work is detailed. A further 23 entries are shorter,... Read more
Differing Views: the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, France
Les Jardins des Tuileries If you have ever visited Paris, you will surely have walked in the Tuileries Gardens, which stretch from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe, on the bank of the River Seine, in the very heart of the city.... Read more
Differing Views: the Palace of Westminster, London, England
The Palace of Westminster, the Houses of Parliament The present Houses of Parliament in London, so famous for their pinnacled roof and adjacent Big Ben, are less than 200 years old. A popular motif for painters from overseas, it is well situated on the ‘north’ bank (here, actually the... Read more
There is a lot more to this world than the things which are most popular. However, I am often surprised at your preferred choice of the articles posted here. I thought that you might be interested to know which have proved most viewed in the Painting section so far.... Read more
Coast: Maine 2, twentieth century
In the first of these two articles to look at paintings of the coast of Maine, I covered the work of nineteenth century artists, ending with Winslow Homer’s works which he made in and around his studio at Prouts Neck, just twenty-five metres/yards from the North Atlantic Ocean. Many... Read more
Pigment: Poison Greens, Scheele’s and Emerald Greens
Rumours still abound as to the cause of Napoleon’s death almost two centuries ago. One theory – not currently in favour – is that he was poisoned by arsenic in the wallpaper. At the time, that would have been unusual, but by the 1860s, such deaths were significant enough... Read more
The Alhambra: 2 Landscapes 1767-1883
Given the very pleasant climate of Granada and the Alhambra, by rights it should have been painted as much as the Roman Campagna, which in the eighteenth century was the cradle of plein air oil painting, and the high school for landscape art in Europe. Yet the great pioneer... Read more