William Holman Hunt - Nazareth, 1861

William Holman Hunt (1827-1910)

William Holman Hunt was an English painter and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His paintings were notable for their great attention to detail, vivid color, and elaborate symbolism. These features were influenced by the writings of John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle, according to whom the world itself should be read as a ... 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

Odilon Redon - Breton Village, 1890

Odilon Redon (1840-1916) Part II

Redon also describes his work as ambiguous and undefinable: "My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined." Redon's work represent an exploration of his internal feelings and psyche. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); He himself wanted ... More

Henri Martin - The Port Of Marseilles

Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin (1860-1943) Part II

Although Martin's work as a neo-impressionist is not considered groundbreaking, his work was rather well-received, and has been associated with world-class symbolist painter, Puvis de Chavannes. Due to his introverted temperament, Martin decided to move away from Paris. After a decade of searching for an ideal home, Martin bought Marquayrol, ... More

Paul Gauguin - The Breton Shepherdess, 1886

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

Gauguin came late to art. There is little in his early life to presage his phenomenal artistic career; however, his peripatetic upbringing established his restless need for voyage to exotic destinations. Descended on his mother’s side from Peruvian nobility, he spent his early childhood in Lima. He would later misrepresent his ancestry ... More

Odilon Redon - Flowers, 1909

Odilon Redon (1840-1916) Part I

Bertrand-Jean Redon better known as Odilon Redon (April 20, 1840 - July 6, 1916) was a Symbolist painter and printmaker, born in Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France. Odilon was a nickname derived from his mother, Odile. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Redon started drawing as a young child, and at the age of 10 he ... More

Henri Moret - The Cobbler, 1912

Henri Moret (1856-1913)

Henry Moret was a French painter best known for his involvement in the Pont-Aven artist colony and his richly colored landscapes of coastal Brittany. Moret was born in Cherbourg, France, in the Manche region of NormandyJules La Villette, his commander in Lorient, who first noticed his artistic talents, introduced him to Ernest Corroller, ... More

Henri Martin - Village Houses

Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin (1860-1943) Part I

Born in Toulouse to a French cabinet maker and a mother of Italian descent, Martin successfully persuaded his father to permit him to become an artist. He began his career in 1877 at the Toulouse School of the Fine Arts, where he was under the tutelage of Jules Garipuy. In 1879, Martin relocated to Paris and with the help of a scholarsh... More

Konstantinos Maleas - View Of The Acropolis

Konstantinos Maleas (1879-1928)

Konstantinos Maleas was a Greek painter who was born in 1879. He was one of the most important Post-impressionist Greek painters of the 20th century. Along with Konstantinos Parthenis, he is sometimes considered Greece's most important modern artist. He was born and grew up in Constantinople, far away from the Greek artistic center ... More

Ferdinand Hodler - Turnerbankett, 1878

Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918)

Ferdinand Hodler was one of the most famous Swiss painters of the late 19th and early 20th century. He was born in Bern, the eldest of six children. His father, Jean, made a living as a carpenter and his mother, Marguerite, was from a peasant family. When Hodler was eight years old, he lost his father and two younger brothers as a ... More