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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: 16 Britain, Turner, Steer
Compared with most other European countries, Impressionism largely passed British painters by. This is surprising given the popularity and influence of John Constable and JWM Turner earlier in the nineteenth century, and the presence of two American painters of great distinction and popularity in London: John Singer Sargent (in... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 18 USA, Whistler
Of all the painters covered in this series so far, Whistler is probably the best known today, although I must admit that he is not a particular favourite of mine. Unfortunately he often painted using ‘special’ home-made media which appear to have made some of his paintings look very... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 20 USA, William Merritt Chase
I now start considering a selection of American painters who were happy to be branded Impressionists. As always, I am limited to those artists for whom I can find sufficient images of suitable quality for use here; if I omit one of your favourite American Impressionists, please let me... 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: 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
Life and paintings of James Tissot: an overview
If you have visited a provincial gallery in the UK, you will probably have stumbled across paintings by James Tissot, a contemporary of the Impressionists who seemed to paint lots of fashionable women in fashionable clothes, a bit like Alfred Stevens. Since his death in 1902, his work first... Read more
Book review and exhibition: Australia’s Impressionists, ed. Riopelle
“Australia’s Impressionists” Edited by Christopher Riopelle Yale UP and The National Gallery Press, November 2016 (US: February 2017) Hardback, 26.7 x 24.8 cm (10.5 x 9.8 in), 128 pp., £16.95/$30.00 ISBN 978 1 857 09612 5 Not available for Kindle, nor in the iTunes Store. Exhibition: Australia’s Impressionists, in... Read more
Movement in Painting: migrant artists
This year has seen the rise of proposals to slow or even halt migration in Europe and America. This is seen as a recent phenomenon which some claim to be destroying societies and our economies. It appears likely that, in the near future, several governments will be using enhanced... Read more
Charles-François Daubigny: the first Impressionist? 2
Two hundred years ago today, Charles-François Daubigny was born in Paris. My previous article traced his career up to 1863, and showed a small selection of his paintings. This article concludes that account. In 1865, Daubigny visited London, where he had lunch with Whistler. Back in France, he continued... Read more