One of very few artists who specialised in painting children’s social interactions in school. Fascinating insights into childhood and society at the time.
Less often painted than the rural poor, Naturalism did show the growing pains of the 19th century cities. Paintings from Lhermitte, Luce, Bellows, and more.
Naturalist painting both supported the State, and attacked it – sometimes so much that works had to be suppressed. The real history of art at the end of the 19th century.
Unlike Impressionism, which spread relatively slowly, Naturalism was prominent in the Salon, so spread across Europe and North America like wildfire.
From their genre roots in the Dutch Golden Age, through Géricault and Courbet, to the social realism of Millet, Manet, and most of all Lhermitte.
The very large Paris Salon of 1883 introduced the public and critics to a new and growing movement in painting. It wasn’t Impressionism or Post-Impressionism, though.
Two friends, close in age and origins, who even shared the same surname. Social realists as they struggled for success, both changed when they attained it.
He retired to Roskilde, where he painted superb views of its Gothic cathedral, and looking out over the fjord.
Some delightful gardening and rural tales, and a couple of views of the gardens of Rome. It seems that he retired after about 1922.
Landscapes generally without stories attached. Among them two scenes of early caravanning, a sower, and back to the railway.