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Geese 2: The Goose Girl
In the first of this pair of articles looking at geese in painting, I concentrated on the birds themselves. Here I look at a motif which, for a couple of decades, became popular in paintings: the Goose Girl. Geese are sufficiently aggressive to function as both intruder alarms and... Read more
A German Naturalist? Fritz von Uhde 1
I have another eclectic painter for you: Friedrich Hermann Carl Uhde, generally known as Fritz von Uhde (1848–1911). He has been called “Germany’s outstanding Impressionist”, and claimed to have been a major influence in plein air painting in Germany. He painted military, religious and genre works, and I suspect... Read more
Spinning in paintings: 1 History
Of all the many and varied activities that women did and do, one of the most characteristic was spinning. Not only that, but it was socially acceptable for women of all ranks, from queens to laundresses. It was far more purposeful and productive than most of the pursuits of... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 9 Germany, Blechen, Liebermann, Corinth, Slevogt
German Impressionism The main group of German impressionist painters followed the French Impressionists, with Liebermann and Slevogt continuing to use the style well into the twentieth century. However there is one painter who appears to have anticipated many impressionist elements when Constable and Turner were active in Britain: Carl... 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
Alchemy: 2 – the origin of oil painting
Oil painting – ancient or modern – requires the bringing together of four components in a successful technique: a drying oil, pigments, a ground able to take the paint, solvents/diluents. The last of these is often forgotten, but without a means to dilute oil paint, clean brushes and other... Read more
By the Sweat of their Brow – people at work 1
It was a long time before painters paid much attention to the working man and woman. When the Industrial Revolution swept through Europe during the latter half of the eighteenth century, a few artists were sufficiently moved by its visual effects as to commit them to canvas. Joseph Wright... Read more