Vociferous opponent of Impressionism, hugely successful and popular, he taught more than 2,000 pupils. The start of a systematic account of his narrative paintings.
From Millais’ Ophelia, through the terrible toll of suicides in the rivers of major cities. Featuring Delaroche, GF Watts, Winslow Homer, and more.
Her image has been used by the French nation, the Catholic church, Napoleon, revanchists, romantics, feminists, and now the extreme right. Here are some of those powerful paintings.
Initially a portrait and history painter, he co-founded the Barbizon School in the late 1840s, turning to evocative scenes of poor country people.
Some paintings which may not show the traditional story from the gospels, but which don’t contradict it.
He built his career from scratch three times, but today is known for his paintings of fashionable women. There is more to his art than that.
His history paintings make it look as if he was actually present at the time. Just how accurate were they?
A fuller account of one of the arch-enemies of the Impressionists. Was he so bad after all?
Despite his reputation, his narratives often addressed serious and subtle issues, and his was a master of narrative painting.