Realism

Frants Henningsen, Funeral, 1883, National Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Funeral by Frants Henningsen

Funeral by Frants Henningsen is a Danish masterpiece of emotions. It examines the different psychological reactions to love, loss, and...

James W Singer 23 May 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Iron Rolling Mill (Modern Cyclopes) by Adolph Menzel

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

Kate Wojtczak 1 May 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Édouard Manet, The Railway

In 1873 when this painting was created by the Realist master Édouard Manet, the Gare Saint–Lazare was the largest and busiest train station in...

Zuzanna Stańska 23 April 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Horse Fair by Rosa Bonheur

Today’s Masterpiece Story is that of The Horse Fair by French Realist painter Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899). The Horse Fair was the undisputed star...

Alexandra Kiely 23 April 2022

Women Artists

Anna Bilińska’s Parisian Career and Tragic Life

Read the story of Anna Bilińska, the Polish painter, who spent her life in Paris. Discover her well-known, moving portraits, and the fascinating...

Magda Michalska 18 April 2022

Realism

Eid Al-Fitr – Islamic Prayer in Art

The distinctive ritual of Islamic prayer, known as namaz (in Urdu) or salah (in Arabic) has captivated the imagination of many Orientalist painters.

Maya M. Tola 2 April 2022

Mykola Pymonenko. Left: Mykola Pymonenko, Self-portrait, 1886, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine. Right: Mykola Pymonenko, Wedding, 1908. Ukraine Special

Mykola Pymonenko: An Idyllic View of Ukraine

Mykola Pymonenko (1862-1912) was a Ukrainian Realist painter. He spent almost his entire life in Kyiv and dedicated his career to painting genre...

Jimena Escoto 28 March 2022

Ilya Repin, Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks, 1880–1891, State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg WTF Art History

Want to Insult Your Enemy? Get Inspired by the Badass Zaporozhian Cossacks!

There are dozens if not hundreds of forged documents in the history of the world. They weren’t forged just for fun. Some of them were the basis...

Zuzanna Stańska 5 March 2022

Artist Stories

Taras Shevchenko: Ukrainian Liberty Idol

Taras Shevchenko was an outstanding Ukrainian artist and poet. Born to a peasant family, he became a Ukrainian liberty idol and national artistic...

Kateryna Martynova 5 March 2022

Realism

Artists and Industrial Revolution: Images of the Changing World

The Industrial Revolution brought fundamental and irreversible social changes. But what was its influence on art and artists? Discover works by...

Europeana 26 January 2022

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