Did Vermeer use a camera obscura? What went wrong with Impressionist oil sketches? When did Klimt paint from photographs? Does any of this really detract from the art in a painting?
Paintings by Barbara Bodichon, Anna Howitt (Watts), Rosa Brett, Anna Blunden, Joanna Boyce (Wells), and Lizzie Siddal.
Bosch’s two wayfarers, Courbet’s Stone Breakers, and wonderful paintings by Brett, Troyon and Ford Madox Brown show those who lived on the road.
How one critic established the success of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, but set its landscape painters an impossible challenge.
Why did the Pre-Raphaelites want to return to the ‘purity’ of painting before Raphael? Did they succeed?
The vital relationship between painter and patron, donor, dealer and others. Shown in examples from Rubens, Velázquez, Brett, Renoir and Bonnard.
His four best paintings viewed in their historical context, and consideration of the constraints that he painted under. What if?
From fresco to varnish: a succinct summary of all the different media which have been used in painting, with links to more detailed articles.
One of the precursors to Impressionism and Naturalism, this is the first of a series looking at his career and paintings prior to his bicentenary in June. Covers the 1840s.
With a binder of gum arabic, watercolours came into use in the Renaissance, and have steadily increased in popularity.