Hodler’s Parallelist paintings, and more than 30 of the paintings of Paul Cézanne depart from the basic optical principles of reflections. Why?
How to paint a landscape with faithful and coherent cast shadows, why most painters don’t do so, and a few get it wrong.
Paris, Prince of Troy, is the perfect pawn in Zeus’s plan for war. He develops a taste for beautiful women, then accepts Aphrodite’s bribe in the beauty contest of the three goddesses.
Fifteen images of paintings by twelve artists which were shown at the First Impressionist Exhibition present a more coherent overview. But history is capricious.
Shipwreck in The Tempest, forgotten Impressionists, a threshing machine, a weekend on the River Seine, a pair of portraits of Thomas and Susan Eakins, a pair of clowns, and more.
Paintings of open fires and stoves from 1565 to 1884 show how we lived through the winter before central heating.
He didn’t start painting in Impressionist style until about 1870, and a decade later was migrating towards what became Post-Impressionism.
Pierrot and Harlequin went on to be clowns in the circus, and Pulcinella became Mr Punch in popular Punch and Judy shows. And they live on still.
He first suggested the Impressionist exhibitions, co-founded their collective, and wrote their charter. Yet he didn’t achieve commercial success until he was in his sixties.
From Rebecca Solomon’s Appointment (1861), through Cézanne’s clock without any hands, to Christian Krohg’s at almost midnight.