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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...

“Chair with Pipe” by Vincent van Gogh (1888, National Gallery, London)

One of the best-known artists in the world, Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-90) only painted for ten years of his life but during that...

“The Scream” by Edvard Munch (1893, National Museum of Art, Olio,...

A prolific troubled artist, Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was preoccupied with human mortality, and he expressed these obsessions through intense colour, flowing, distorted forms and...

“Man with a Guitar” by Georges Braque (1911-12, MoMA, New York,...

Through his collaboration with Picasso, Georges Braque (1882-1963) was at the forefront of the development of Cubism. He was also one of the first...

“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 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...
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