Like eyes and the rest of the face, hands are most usually seen uncovered in figurative paintings. These paintings show gloved hands which have special purposes and meaning.
Why did Bosch show people wearing funnels on their heads? Why the Roundheads? How to tell priestly rank by the hat, and more about chaperons and top hats.
A party of landsfolk riding in horsedriven hay wagon, the artist’s mother sewing in Nabi style, tennis in Rhode Island, and a deserted table by the sea.
Paintings of people watching plays, by Daumier, Degas, Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and others.
From the eighteenth century, organised circuses toured cities, and some were established to operate year-round. Here are paintings to make you gasp with wonder.
The remarkable satirical paintings of courts and lawyers by Forain, and modern court artists.
These fascinating works are little appreciated. Here are some clues as to their readings, including some links to contemporary novels about the dark side of the ballet – and more.
Now seen as the odd man out of the Impressionists, at the time he had great influence. Here are samples of the work of those he influenced.
Lurking in the shadows were well-dressed, affluent men, wearing top hats, white ties and gloves. They weren’t just there to chat.
In his later works, he turned to biting satire of the courts, artists, and even their dealers. His was a very different form of Impression.