His paintings of markets, including Paris’s famous Les Halles, are superb, as are his pastels.
Little-known now, and only for his paintings of harvesters and gleaners, in his day he was at the leading edge of the Naturalist revolution, painting scientists.
From 1880, artists concentrated on social aspects of work. They questioned whether young children should be at work, and the role of the worker in society.
With the Industrial Revolution, painters started to depict the furnaces and factories which grew rapidly across Europe and North America. This selection runs to 1879.
After the early death of Bastien-Lepage, he led the Naturalist movement in France. After 1892, though, he concentrated on religious themes seen in a new light.
Working alongside Jules Bastien-Lepage, he was a brilliant painter who in his early career experimented with different styles.
In his later work, he used pastels more, creating soft images of twilight scenes in town and country.
A Symbolist, Realist, or Naturalist? His early theme was the tribulations of a woman’s life, and his images often haunting.
An emaciated corpse in a morgue, a notorious nude rejected by the Salon, and a busy day in the couturier: his choice of motifs was very broad.
After a period writing for his living, Krohg painted two series: one about sailing and the sea, the other about the artist’s model.