The Umbrellas, a portrait of Julie Manet, three landscapes painted alongside Paul Cézanne near Aix – some of the best paintings from these years.
Escorts of valkyries, the bird of the gibbet, and seeker of carrion: crows and ravens are associated with death, magic, and more.
Extensive travelling, from Venice to Algeria, brought a varied range of landscapes, as his portraits and figurative work paid the bills.
Paintings by Puvis were the antithesis of realism, Impressionism, and the Academic. They became popular after the Franco-Prussian War.
Examples from William Blake, Caspar David Friedrich, Delacroix, and an enigmatic painting of Wales.
Rinaldo is chasing Angelica, whom he is helplessly in love with, but she hates him, and wants to escape from France, as Charlemagne is preparing for the siege of Paris.
Under the patronage of the d’Estes, Ariosto drew on Carolingian and Arthurian legend, and classical myths, to create his epic. With superb paintings to accompany.
Born 200 years ago today, he should have been one of the major artists of the 19th century, but died when he had only just turned 37.
A pupil of JAD Ingres when he was only 11 years old, his first work exhibited at the Salon when he was only 16: a precocious and brilliant narrative artist.
The great novelist and poet, author of Les Misérables and the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, also painted and drew over 4000 works. Here’s a small selection.