Realism

Artist Stories

Joanna Hiffernan: Artist, Model and Whistler’s Muse

Joanna Hiffernan and James Abbott McNeill Whistler met in London in 1861. He fell in love with her striking red hair and outspoken character and the...

Louisa Mahoney 15 November 2021

Love Story

Unhappily Ever After: Unequal Marriage by Vasili Pukirev

Vasili Pukirev’s painting Unequal Marriage has a legend about it: allegedly, after looking at it, all the elderly grooms refused to marry their...

Elizaveta Ermakova 7 October 2021

Romanticism

Goya’s Ghosts: The Disasters of War Print Series

Francisco Goya (1746-1828) is considered to be the founder of the national genre in Spain. He was talented in many areas: portraits, historical...

Elizaveta Ermakova 29 June 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Rosa Bonheur, Sheep by the Sea

Rosa Bonheur was one of the most famous European artists of the 19th century, and she was definitely the most celebrated female artist of her time.

James W Singer 20 June 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Claude Raguet Hirst, A Gentleman’s Table

A Gentleman’s Table by Claude Raguet Hirst is a mysterious painting that echoes the realism of Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and Henry Ossawa...

James W Singer 6 June 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère is considered Edouard Manet’s last major painting. Presented in the Salon of 1882, just a year before the artist’s...

Anastasia Manioudaki 2 May 2021

Theater and Cinema in Edward Hopper’s Paintings

Edward Hopper was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. He was famous for two types of paintings in particular: first, one focused on...

Zuzanna Stańska 26 March 2021

Valentin Serov, Russian Master of Portraits

Valentin Serov (1865–1911), was a student of Ilya Repin, and heir to the best traditions of the Russian realistic school. From the very beginning...

Elizaveta Ermakova 17 February 2021

Russian History through the Eyes of Vasily Surikov

In the 19th century Russia historical painting was freed from formality and canons. We find a good example of this in the work of Vasily Surikov...

Elizaveta Ermakova 18 January 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Adolph Menzel, The Iron Rolling Mill (Modern Cyclopes)

The 19th century, the age of steel and steam, witnessed not only the developments of the industry but also of the new themes in painting. Now, simple...

Kate Wojtczak 13 December 2020

Theater & Cinema

The Most Popular Artists in Cinema

In 1911 the Italian film theoretician Ricciotto Canudo defined cinema as “the seventh art”. So it’s quite natural that from its...

Arianna Richetti 5 December 2020

Theater & Cinema

Art and Cinema: The Encounter in the Work of Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda was an important figure in the Nouvelle Vague film movement. She is known for making her own cinema. Her sensitivity and criticism...

Dévra Taboada 4 December 2020