Long popular in Germany, Christmas trees spread across Europe and North America in the 19th century. Some seasonal paintings.
Photographers, musicians, harvesters, foresters, booksellers and propagandists, and tinkers from the roads of the past.
Far from being the idyllic countryside, the gleaners who followed the harvesters brought a strong social message.
More wonderful paintings from Pierre Bonnard, JW Waterhouse, Théo van Rysselberghe, Nikolai Astrup and others.
Independent and aloof, cats train their humans and think that they’re still large and ferocious. Paintings from Carpaccio to Bonnard.
Mud as painted in the Danish countryside, and in Norway. But the last word goes to war: both in the Franco-Prussian and First World Wars.
In the first article of this pair, I showed a selection of some of the finest paintings of […]
New genres in literature gave the public a taste for different forms of narrative. Here’s a short account of the response in ‘problem pictures’ from Hunt to Collier.
Shortly after reaching a pinnacle in 1908, problem pictures fell from popularity. Then came the First World War, from which they never recovered.
Becoming more popular in the late 1880s and early 1890s, ‘problem pictures’ from Marie Spartali Stillman, Henrietta Rae, Millais, and others.