Gustave Caillebotte - Skiffs, 1877

Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) part II

Caillebotte painted many domestic and familial scenes, interiors, and portraits. Many of his paintings depict members of his family. There are scenes of dining, card playing, piano playing, reading, and sewing, all executed in an intimate, unobtrusive manner that portrays the quiet ritual of upper-class indoor life. His country scenes at ... More

Gustave Caillebotte - Fields, Study In Yellow And Green - 1884

Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) part I

Gustave Caillebotte was a French painter, member and patron of the artists known as Impressionists, although he painted in a much more realistic manner than many others in the group. Caillebotte was noted for his early interest in photography as an art form. Gustave Caillebotte was born on 19 August 1848 to an upper-class Parisian ... More

Eugene Delacroix - 1827-28 - The Death Of Sardanapal

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. As a painter and muralist, Delacroix's use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for ... More

Edgar Degas - The Rehearsal - 1873-1874 Featured

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) Part III

By the later 1870s Degas had mastered not only the traditional medium of oil on canvas, but pastel as well. The dry medium, which he applied in complex layers and textures, enabled him more easily to reconcile his facility for line with a growing interest in expressive color. In the mid-1870s he also returned to the medium of etching, ... More

Edgar Degas - Racehorses In A Landscape - 1894 Featured

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) Part II

By the late 1860s Degas had shifted from his initial forays into history painting to an original observation of contemporary life. Racecourse scenes provided an opportunity to depict horses and their riders in a modern context. He began to paint women at work, milliners and laundresses. Mlle. Fiocre in the Ballet La Source, exhibited in the ... More

Edgar Degas - A Cotton Office In New Orleans 1873 Featured

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) Part I

Edgar Degas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist. He was a superb draftsman, ... More

Édouard Manet - Chez Le Pere Lathuille - 1879

Édouard Manet (1832-1883)

Édouard Manet was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. Born into an upper-class household with strong political connections, Manet rejected the future originally envisioned for him, and became engrossed in the world of painting. His early ... More

Eugène Boudin - The Market At Trouville, 1878

Eugène Boudin (1824-1898) Part II

Dutch 17th-century masters profoundly influenced him, and on meeting the Dutch painter Johan Jongkind, who had already made his mark in French artistic circles, Boudin was advised by his new friend to paint outdoors (en plein air). He also worked with Troyon and Isabey, and in 1859 met Gustave Courbet who introduced him to Charles Baudelaire, ... More

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Eugène Boudin (1824-1898) Part I

Eugène Louis Boudin was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors. Boudin was a marine painter, and expert in the rendering of all that goes upon the sea and along its shores. His pastels, summary and economic, garnered the splendid eulogy of Baudelaire; and Corot called him the "king of the skies". ... More

Louis Valtat - Sailers

Louis Valtat (1869-1952) Part II

In 1890, upon winning the Jauvin d’Attainville prize, Valtat established his own studio at rue La Glaciere in Paris. He made his debut in 1893 at the Salon of Independent Artists, displaying several paintings depicting street scenes of the neighborhood surrounding his art studio. One of those paintings, titled Sur Le Boulevard (On The ... More