How William Merritt Chase’s beard changed, beards in literature such as ‘Faust’, Bluebeard, Redbeard, and beware of the moustache.
New genres in literature gave the public a taste for different forms of narrative. Here’s a short account of the response in ‘problem pictures’ from Hunt to Collier.
Fine examples from Millais, Berthold Woltze, Yeames, William Quiller Orchardson, and Degas.
In the 19th century, readers enjoyed detective and ‘mystery’ novels. From 1850, artists like William Holman Hunt and Berthold Woltze tried the same in paint.
From physicists to photographers developing their plates, Naturalist painters recorded the science and technology of their time.
A bloke leans over the back of a seat in a railway carriage, trying to chat up a young woman who is just returning from a funeral. Is this an early Prussian problem picture?