A succinct summary of the biography of Degas, told with the aid of 12 of his key works, from history painting to the late landscapes.
Degas was nothing if not thoroughly sociable. Here are some of his more significant artistic friendships, with paintings.
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.
Hardly painted before 1800, there has since been a succession of brilliant paintings of this story. Its focus has changed, from the tension as Oedipus tries to answer the riddle, to the femme fatale.
The anger of Achilles almost brought the Greek war against Troy to a grinding halt. But is Homer’s account fair, or was there more to it?
Mentor to Gustave Moreau, his brief career showed his brilliance. Claimed by Ingres to be ‘the Napoleon of painting’.
He took the Salon of 1864 by storm, but was barely noticed with 2 more paintings the following year. Why?
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.
Concluding the analysis of narrative paintings showing Andromeda’s rescue from sacrifice to Cetus, the sea monster.
The last of the great classical narrative painters, his huge canvases explored lesser-known tales from Greece, Rome, and Scotland.