Borrowed from the Church, parasols became an accessory of the aristocracy, then for all who were fashionable. They went from black to white, then Japanese.
The most famous of all, with its origins in Afghanistan, the most precious and beautiful pigment. But it has caught out some of the best forgers too.
It’s not a colour at all, say some, while the Impressionists wanted to banish it from the palette. But throughout the history of painting, the blackest black has remained vital.
Introduced in about 1806, it was used by Turner, Friedrich, Delacroix, Corot, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Impressionists, and many others. With examples of those works.
Paintings of odalisques, slave markets, and Turkish baths became popular in the nineteenth century. What was the Orientalist fantasy, and why?
A precocious artist, he went from 2 years study in Rome to Morocco, where he was a war artist. There he became an orientalist.
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.
More superb pastel paintings from Vigée Le Brun, Eva Gonzalès, Manet, Helleu, and Odilon Redon bring us to the 20th century.
Degas was nothing if not thoroughly sociable. Here are some of his more significant artistic friendships, with paintings.
His involvement in the Impressionist Exhibitions almost broke the movement apart, and brought Degas into direct opposition with Monet. Here are his paintings.