Friend and biographer of Gustave Moreau, his story and works have now all but vanished. Here are some enigmatic Symbolist paintings.
She has been a symbol of French nationalism, of the revanchism following the Franco-Prussian War, and then of early feminism: some wonderful paintings of Joan’s divine visions.
When did spiders and their webs first start appearing as motifs in paintings and prints? Who was the inspiration for Spider-Man?
His style shifted from the academic, to Bastien-Lepage’s naturalism, to a distinctive blend of Impressionism and Symbolism. Some wonderful paintings.
His style avoided sentimentality, showing life on the land as it really was. His paintings were faithful expression of what country life was really like for the poor.
A series of paintings of beautiful women, culminating in a large work featuring hundreds of female figures. The artist had one thing on his mind.
The final group of charcoal drawings brings disaster and redemption, with increasingly rich detail and symbolism.
The first group of charcoal drawings traces the man’s life as an adult, from solitude in a vast forest, to a bacchanalian orgy.
This completes the 18 oil paintings. The series continues with another 16 charcoal drawings.
The first of 4 articles looking at an extraordinary narrative series of 34 paintings, many of them quite beautiful.