With costume and clothing his fascination, his work spans genres and styles, from the fashionable and facile, to his good friend, the actress Sarah Bernhardt.
Paintings of odalisques, slave markets, and Turkish baths became popular in the nineteenth century. What was the Orientalist fantasy, and why?
A look back at some of my favourite articles on painters and painting, from Moreau and Salome, to Merson’s tame wolf.
His style became very Impressionist. Then, when painting outdoors at Portici, Naples, he contracted malaria and died.
A precocious artist, he went from 2 years study in Rome to Morocco, where he was a war artist. There he became an orientalist.
The founding father of modern neuroanatomy wanted to be an artist, and spent much of his life drawing. He was painted by one of the Madrazo family, among whom was an early Impressionist.