Trees in blossom from Sérusier, Bonnard, Waterhouse, van Rysselberghe, Nikolai Astrup and others.
Weaving turned yarn into fabric ready to make into garments. Associations include industry, passing time, fidelity, and the myth of Arachne.
More wives from Raffaela Zeppa, through Lovis Corinth’s Charlotte Berend, to Pierre Bonnard’s Marthe, plus two husbands.
Paints using glue as their binder were revived by Pierre Bonnard, the Nabis and Odilon Redon in the late 19th century, with startling results.
From eccentric trompes l’oeil through a laid-up meal table to the domestics of Pierre Bonnard, still life painting was very much alive in the early 20th century.
From the Adoration of the Shepherds to the Corydon Shepherd of Virgil’s Eclogues, they all had their crooks.
From Corot to Sérusier, the American Thomas Cole to the British John Brett, a collection of superb landscapes of the city.
Reduced to viewing the blossom online? Here are wonderful paintings of tree blossom from Millais, Sisley, van Gogh and others.
It’s ironic that the Pre-Raphaelites, who wanted to take painting back to the days before Raphael, then took up his themes.
Short summary of their history, art, and their role in the evolution of painting in the twentieth century, with copious links to articles here.