Milliners trimmed and sold hats to customers, which appeared to be more rewarding, and the chance to wear the latest fashions.
Electric light on the banks of the Seine in Paris, and in the shopping centres of Berlin, herald the eternal light of today’s city centres.
Superb 19th and early 20th century landscape paintings of the River Seine from Sisley country through the centre of Paris to La Grande Jatte.
Where did milliners come from? How does it take 5 hours to choose a hat? What did Ouled Naïl women wear on their head? More wonderful paintings of hats and their owners.
Which bridge did Manet fall in love with, and how did the Langlois Bridge painted by Vincent van Gogh get its name?
With Monet’s grainstacks and fog on the River Thames, by the 20th century the effects of fog had become part of Western landscape painting.
One of Degas’ close friends, he illustrated many books in the late 19th century. His paintings were good enough to be bought by Degas, as this selection shows.
In the late 19th century, painting was centred on Paris. But in 1870-71, the city was all but destroyed after a long siege, in the Franco-Prussian War. The story told in paintings.