Full contents for this series, with lists of artists considered in each of its articles, and links to the articles.
An overview starting with the sculptural folds of the late 13th century, peaking with Raphael and Rembrandt, and dissolving with Renoir and Sargent in the early 20th century.
Two movements concerned with depiction of clothing and fabrics: Costumbrism in Spain, with local customs, and wild fashion in French frou-frou.
In Spain, Sorolla was first Naturalist, then his style loosened to resemble that of Sargent; Zorn in Sweden painted early detailed watercolours before loosening up in oils.
His most radical watercolours were painted after he closed his portrait studio in 1907, when they cam to transcend reality.
Fabrics and clothing shown in paintings by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas show the broad range seen at the time of Impressionism.
Paintings showing the ragged tatters work by peasants and labourers, from social realism and Naturalism between 1850-90.
David’s Neoclassicism brought uniformity and lack of surface texture. Romanticism followed, with garments dissolving into brushstrokes.
Pastellist like Rosalba Carriera led the way in making marks to create the illusion of finely detailed fabrics. This contrasts with smooth and detailed faces.
From Veronese’s bravura brushstrokes to the crafted surface textures of lavish and heavy fabrics with Rembrandt.