More virtuoso glassware as painted by William Holman Hunt, Chase, De Nittis, Vallotton, and others in the 19th century.
Pointing and gesturing in a selection of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Corot, Poussin, Gérôme, John Singer Sargent and others.
Look where the figures are looking: that helps you read many paintings. Fine examples from Moreau, Gérôme, Lovis Corinth, Velázquez, and others.
To see his art, look not at Fantin’s groups of human figures, but at these crowds of flowers and fruit.
Six distinctive group portraits are now the works for which he is best known. But aren’t they strange, set in comparison with contemporary paintings?
He seems to have painted continuously up to his death in 1904, but paintings quite unlike before. And why his huge collection of photos of nude models?
His last large group portrait features eight men who gathered to enjoy the music of Wagner. Why are they all looking in different directions, though?
Perhaps it was a mistake to include Arthur Rimbaud and his lover Paul Verlaine in this group portrait. Rimbaud had just wounded a friend with a sword in a fight after dinner.
A group portrait which failed so badly that he cut it up after it was shown at the Salon, a portrait of Manet, and another group portrait which inspired Impressionists.
Not an Impressionist by any means, he was a close friend of Whistler and Manet, who painted some of the major group portraits of the late 1800s.