A century ago today, Edgar Degas died in Paris. Was he an Impressionist, a misogynist, or just the odd man out?
John Singer Sargent’s teacher, he was the best portrait-painter of the day, and more. He died 100 years ago: a commemoration.
How could a woman succeed as an innovative professional painter during the Renaissance, and live to the age of 92?
Two triple portraits of ladies of the nobility, which alluded to two quite racy paintings of drunken feasts, and a goddess with 8 breasts. What is going on?
How Sargent’s portrait of a young New York bride turned into a provocative account of The New Woman.
What does a painter do when the person who commissioned their portrait won’t pay, and demands the painting be withdrawn from show?
From success to success, she painted the President’s family, and France’s elder statesman and a good friend of Monet.
Her portraits are of the New Woman: well-educated, thoughtful, and increasingly in control of their own destiny.
It has been claimed that she “gave up painting” after marrying her more famous husband in 1884. Did his best student really stop painting like that?
He kept a pictorial record of his wife and children in more formal portraits too. Here’s a selection.