Far from continuing to paint ‘modern history’, he embarked on major projects for religious paintings, some of which are superb.
In the 8 years after painting the Death of Wolfe, he attempted a few more ‘modern history’ paintings, with varying success.
The painting by which West is best known, it was claimed to have started a revolution in art, and to be the first modern history painting. Is there any truth?
From very humble beginnings in the British colonies in America, he rose to become a leading history painter, friend and painter to the King, and President of the Royal Academy. How?
Did Moreau succeed in changing history painting, or should his works remain obscure, a minor cul-de-sac in art history?
His last masterpiece has some of the richest symbols, icons, and decoration of all his works. A detailed look at his finale.
Far from being a recluse, the last years saw him teaching avidly, painting major works, and transforming his house into a museum.
Three major paintings: a complex triptych, Saint George and the Dragon, and an extraordinary Indian fantasy cityscape.
His mother’s death stopped him painting and turned him into a recluse for a while. He then painted his way through his grief.
A series of paintings of beautiful women, culminating in a large work featuring hundreds of female figures. The artist had one thing on his mind.