How to tell Breton from Millet, and trying to settle the question as to which was the greater artist.
Less well known outside Norway, later works include vast canvases for Oslo University, and many vibrant and vigorous paintings of nudes and landscapes.
Initially a portrait and history painter, he co-founded the Barbizon School in the late 1840s, turning to evocative scenes of poor country people.
Specialised in painting mothers and their children, and fisherfolk of the Channel coast, she was highly successful and advanced career prospects for women painters.
Under pressure from his dealers, Breton concentrated on single figures in the countryside, typically at dawn or dusk. These have become some of his most popular paintings.
Gardens aren’t just for flowers, and paintings of vegetable gardens can be just as good art as the most resplendent roses.
Not only did he help advance the mainstream Impressionists and their careers, but he led the way in his paintings. Happy 200th birthday!
When he was in Munich, he did much more than just drink lots of red wine and champagne. Here are his experimental paintings from the period.
A unique opportunity to see the works of four of Australia’s most important painters, and to broaden understanding of Impressionism.
Understanding his constant search and the forces that changed his painting is key to deeply appreciating his genius.