Category Archives: Art History

Theodore Robinson. Part 1 – the early years of the American Impressionist

When we think of Impressionism and Impressionist painters we immediately think of French artists and if I was to ask you to name a few French Impressionist painters, I guess you wouldn’t have a problem and the names of Monet, … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Pillement

Louis XIV, known as the Sun King died in 1715, at the age of seventy-seven after reigning for seventy-two years.  He had outlived all his legitimate children and two of his eldest grandchildren so his crown passed to his youngest grandchild, … Continue reading

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Louis-Léopold Boilly

My artist today is the prolific late eighteenth century French painter Louis-Léopold Boilly, who was best known for his genre scenes featuring life in the French capital during the French Revolution and the French Empire. He is also renowned for … Continue reading

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Gerda Gottlieb and Einar Wegener

The artist I am looking at today was unknown to me.  The more I read about her the more I realise I should have been aware of her especially after the recent publicity.  Howeve,r so that I am not cast … Continue reading

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Eugène Galien-Lalou – the painter of Paris

La Belle Époque, which literally means “Beautiful Age” is a name given in France to the period from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 and the start of World War I in 1914. So why was this termed … Continue reading

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Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Part 3. Bomschuiten, Storms and Panorama Mesdag

Following his visit to the Frisian island of Nordeney in the summer of 1868, Hendrik Mesdag would dedicate the rest of artistic life to seascapes and maritime paintings.  He and his wife Sientje had moved back to The Hague in … Continue reading

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Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Part 2 – his wife, Sientje Mesdag van Houten.

My blog today is somewhat shorter than usual as I decided to concentrate solely on the life and works of Hendrik Mesdag’s wife Sientje van Houten, an artist in her own right and not just “Mrs Mesdag, wife of the marine … Continue reading

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