A selection of masterpieces which were rejected by the person(s) who commissioned them, or from major exhibitions. Illustrated contents with links.
Brought up in the grim slums of Stockholm Old Town, his paintings had brought hope to many families across Europe, but his last great academic painted was rejected for 80 years.
A new series in which painters pit their work against juries of Salons and exhibitions, who then reject paintings which history judges quite differently.
Paintings by David, Richard Dadd, Carl Larsson, Pierre Bonnard, and Jean Béraud exploring the roles of writing in the nineteenth century.
More women reading, from Dante’s beloved Beatrice to Charlotte Corday, who was psyching herself up with Plutarch’s Lives before murdering Marat in his bath.
Zorn’s finest art seen through his paintings of ordinary people, particularly those of his home town Mora in Sweden.
In 1911, he sailed to the US to paint its President, the third he had made a portrait of. But less than ten years later, Zorn was dead.
Nudes out in fresh air and sunshine, engravings in his distinctive lined style, and some social comment in the 1890s.
During a visit to St Ives in Cornwall, he starts painting in oils, then moves to Paris where commercial and artistic success await.
One of the three great masters who took realist oil painting into the twentieth century: we commemorate the centenary of his death in August.