Modern landscape painting, since before the Impressionists, relies on oil sketches made in front of the motif. Was it Vernet who advised Valenciennes to adopt this practice?
Paintings of exuberant brilliant yellow mimosa, bleak self-portraits, and his favourite views around Le Cannet from his final years.
Landscapes and paintings of Marthe in the bath reached a peak in which colour was supreme, and form became fluid and adaptable.
In the 1930s, he painted more watercolours, intimate domestic scenes, and nudes. Despite being in his mid-sixties, his work showed no sign of easing off.
The Bonnard’s spent much of their time on the Mediterranean coast, in their villa in Le Cannet. But Pierre found himself isolated, and snuck off for 6 months in Carcachon.
They start moving to Le Cannet, on the Mediterranean coast, and marry at last. He returns to painting intimate scenes of Marthe, notably of her in the bath.
He ran off to Rome with another lover, leaving Marthe in the south of France. More fine paintings – including one of his best.
From Millais’ Ophelia, through the terrible toll of suicides in the rivers of major cities. Featuring Delaroche, GF Watts, Winslow Homer, and more.
Young boys and fishermen – their lives cut short. Artists including Dürer, Géricault, Malczewski, and Michael Ancher paint the tragedy.
A small selection of the wonderful coastal landscapes painted by Claude Lorrain or Gellée.