It was Vincent van Gogh who first showed rain streaks, in a painting made just a few days before his death. They’ve since become a standard visual device.
In the late 19th century painters turned attention to depicting rainy conditions, with Caillebotte’s closely observed views, and effects on colour.
His most famous painting, ‘Work’, inspired by the ideas of Thomas Carlyle, and a possibly unique example of multiplex narrative after William Hogarth.
After Symbolism, he turned to Impressionism, with a wide range of motifs from mountain peaks to smoky steelworks.
A pupil of Hans Gude, he stopped painting for over 10 years. When he resumed, he painted unusual landscapes, peaking in a Symbolist masterpiece of the apocalypse.
By 1852, he wasn’t making progress. The Pre-Raphaelite sculptor emigrated to Australia, and Brown thought seriously about going to India. Instead he painted ‘The Last of England’.
A selection of landscapes from six famous artists across North America, Europe and Russia, from Realism to Futurism.
A short illustrated history of Renoir’s career as a landscape painter, from Barbizon to La Grenouillère, Post-Impressionism and the influence of Corot and Cézanne.
He falls in love with Cagnes, moving first to a rented flat, then to a house built for him amid ancient olive trees. And he painted furiously.
In which Renoir seeks comfort from his arthritis in the south of France, first in Le Cannet, then Cagnes-sur-Mer. Marvellous landscapes.