Spring is here, in the UK the season of umbrellas. Here are paintings by Caillebotte, Krohg, Degas, Renoir, and others showing umbrellas used to shelter from the rain.
From Velázquez in the 1640s to Renoir in 1882, portraits and scenes of women sewing were popular. How did they develop?
Works from 1880, in which his style became looser and possibly more Impressionist. Or was he still a Naturalist?
A prolific artist over a decade, his paintings remain as enigmatic today as they were then. Was he an Impressionist, or one of the major Naturalists? Works from the 1870s.
An emaciated corpse in a morgue, a notorious nude rejected by the Salon, and a busy day in the couturier: his choice of motifs was very broad.
After a period writing for his living, Krohg painted two series: one about sailing and the sea, the other about the artist’s model.
In the 1880s, he developed new themes, involving tiredness, cares of motherhood, and fallen women who had gone from slaving at sewing machines to prostitution. Paintings became part of social campaigning.
A social realist whose themes spanned controversial topics such as poverty and prostitution, he was a major influence of Edvard Munch, and central to Nordic and northern European art.
Exposure to colour was, for centuries, determined by class. The poor lived in largely drab worlds, but the rich surrounded themselves with vivid hues. This all changed in the late 19th century and the 20th.
Now seen as the odd man out of the Impressionists, at the time he had great influence. Here are samples of the work of those he influenced.