Trained with Gérôme in Paris, he painted fine rural landscapes of Alpine meadows, religious works, and used advanced optical effects.
Far from being the idyllic countryside, the gleaners who followed the harvesters brought a strong social message.
Superb paintings by Bruegel, Samuel Palmer, Daubigny, Jules Breton, Anna Ancher, Félix Vallotton, and others.
Features Harriet Backer’s masterpiece, and paintings by Giorgione, Ford Madox Brown, Jules Breton and his daughter, and others.
Ten paintings, some very famous: can you work out which show dawn, and show dusk?
Isn’t it easy to tell sunrise from sunset in a painting? It turns out not, but here are some clues which can help, in wonderful paintings.
Feet in social history, from Winslow Homer, Jules Bastien-Lepage, Jules Breton, Bonnard, Schiele, Degas, and others.
From being staffage in landscapes, shepherds and their flocks became motifs in their own right, with the social realist of Millet, even Henri Regnault.
Paintings showing women spinning from around 1000 CE to the early 20th century, by Eakins, Tanner, Courbet, van Gogh, Breton, and others,
From their genre roots in the Dutch Golden Age, through Géricault and Courbet, to the social realism of Millet, Manet, and most of all Lhermitte.