In little more than a century, narrative painting has been transformed from the moribund and shunned, to the innovative and exciting.
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War Artists can work in any of the genres, but history painting is a natural choice. Here are some of the best from 1800 to 1945.
Long forgotten now, panoramas were hugely popular in the 1800s, and some were strongly narrative.
Some of the Impressionists did paint (possibly) narrative works. But they didn’t always work out.
Conclusions: did he paint Impressions, and was he a member of the Impressionist group?
Despite his reputation, his narratives often addressed serious and subtle issues, and his was a master of narrative painting.
Although they followed narrative conventions, they were unusual for showing static tableaux rather than action.
Another wonderful batch of what are most probably his paintings.
Beautiful painterly works showing Arthurian and classical legends, in the years before the First World War.