A late starter, his career spanned the whole of the last half of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th. Wonderful landscapes.
Friedrich, Turner, Palmer and Bonnard are among the artists shown, with surprises by courtesy of Cézanne.
Compositional techniques usually involving foreground trees which increase the depth of a picture. Explained and illustrated.
The other side of his work in the 1860s: chasing the ‘source’ of rivers near Ornans, serried ranks of waves on the coast, and the help of Corot.
Superb paintings of lightning storms by Giorgione, Poussin, Delacroix, Constable, Bierstadt, Rousseau, Klimt, Bonnard, and Tom Thomson.
From groups in the countryside, he turned his attention to scandalous women bathing in the woods, then a series of superb landscapes.
From being staffage in landscapes, shepherds and their flocks became motifs in their own right, with the social realist of Millet, even Henri Regnault.
Live models for figures, landscape oil sketching in front of the motif, the sensuous nude, narratives with multiple readings, incredibly loose brushwork, and so much more than portraits.
Views of one glacier over 250 years show how it has changed. Others in Greenland and Iceland are rapidly vanishing too.
Between 1774-79 he painted views of the mountains, glaciers and waterfalls of the Alps. And he even made oil sketches in front of the motif.