His visit to Italy resulted in some of the finest paintings of Venice, several completed shortly before his untimely death.
Although he did not even make his 26th birthday, Bonington was very successful, and a great influence on Delacroix and others since.
The last of the great classical narrative painters, his huge canvases explored lesser-known tales from Greece, Rome, and Scotland.
The Death of Sardanapalus, a story from Orlando Furioso, and the question of narrative in Courbet’s paintings.
We still associate brushmarks with sketchiness, speed of painting, spontaneity, bravura, and panache – and smooth paint surfaces, assembled from multiple layers and glazes, as being heartless mechanical essays in technique.
Looser and more painterly styles from Guardi around 1775 to Delacroix in 1862: paving the way for the Impressionists.
Paintings by Delacroix are rare outside Paris. This book is catalogue to an exhibition now in Minneapolis, in 2016 due for London.
The period 1700 to 1850 saw the introduction of the first modern pigments, such as Prussian blue and emerald green, which started to transform paintings.