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Oath of the Horatii, by Jacques-Louis David (1784, Louvre, Paris)

The leading neoclassical artist, Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) rejected the light-heartedness of Rococo in favour of smooth contours and classical themes. Neoclassicism became established after the...

Marriage à-la-mode: 1. The Marriage Settlement

An innovative painter and engraver, William Hogarth (1697—1764) was also a social critic and cartoonist. His art ranged from realistic portraiture to satirical images. Hogarth...

“Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket” by James...

A truly international artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was of Scottish-Irish ancestry, bom in the United States. He spent much of his childhood...

“Study Torso Sunlight Effect”, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1876, Musée d’Orsay)

One of the founding members of the Impressionist movement and one of the most prolific, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is best known for his exuberant...

Nicholas Nixon: “The Brown Sisters”

Nicholas Nixon met Beverly 'Bebe' Brown in 1970 and they married the following year. Bebe is the eldest of four sisters, including Heather, Laurie...

“Rebellious Silence” by Shirin Neshat

In the image the woman gazes with dignity past the barrel of the gun that she is holding, proud to be wearing her veil...

“The Reading Establishment” c. 1845 by William Henry Fox Talbot

William Henry Fox Talbot’s longtime valet, the Dutch-born Nicolaas Henneman, had worked beside his master in photographic experiments from the start. With many photographic successes...

The Modern Age of Photography

The early 20th century brought exciting advances in technology, transport and exploration. It was the period of the pioneer aviators, the start of I...

Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych (1962)

Originally a successful commercial artist, Andy Warhol (1928—87) became the internationally recognized, flamboyant Pop artist Andy Warhol. He challenged basic assumptions of what art...

“Mountains and Sea” by Helen Frankenthaler (1952, National Gallery of Art,...

One of the most influential artists of the mid 20th century, Helen Frankenthaler (1928—2011) was an Abstract Expressionist painter with a free, distinctive style...
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