#19th Century

Love Story

Flaming June or Dorothy Dene? A Muse of Frederic Leighton

In 1879, Frederic Leighton’s biographer and neighbor (that’s handy, isn’t it?), Mrs. Barrington, noticed “a young girl with a lovely white...

Magda Michalska 13 September 2022

Art Nouveau

Absinthe – Art Nouveau’s Green Fairy

Since becoming popular in late 19th century France, in the era of Art Nouveau, absinthe has always had a certain mystique. Derived mostly from the...

Europeana 12 September 2022

Photography

10 Photographic Reasons Why You Should Fall in Love with Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist, and illustrator. He produced a collection of provocative...

Zuzanna Stańska 9 September 2022

Artist Stories

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Life Is Beautiful

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born on 24 November 1864 in Albi, France. He wanted to be a doctor or a surgeon but due to illness became a painter.

Petra Dragasevic 9 September 2022

Post-Impressionism

Meet Jane Avril – The Great Muse of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Jane Avril was a dancer and star of the Moulin Rouge in the 1890s. Her legend is alive until this day – her semi-fictionalized character was...

Zuzanna Stańska 9 September 2022

European Art

Victor Hugo’s Ink Abstractions: Hidden Talent Revealed

French author, poet, and dramatist Victor Hugo is known worldwide for his written work, namely novels such as Les Misérables and The Hunchback of...

Demi Monachino 7 September 2022

Art Travels

Le Mayeur and the Island of Gods

Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès, better known as Jean Le Mayeur was a skilled Impressionist who was active around the early 20th century.

Maya M. Tola 5 September 2022

North American Art

Robert S. Duncanson: African-American Painter in the Spotlight

African-American landscape painter Robert S. Duncanson made headlines in January 2021. This happened when his Landscape with Rainbow was featured...

Alexandra Kiely 17 August 2022

Women Artists

Amélie Beaury-Saurel: The Incredible Life and Works

A true femme fatale in the art world, Amélie Beaury-Saurel was a French painter in the 19th century and a prominent member of Académie Julian. At...

Ruxi Rusu 8 August 2022

Erotica

The Erotic Drawings of Francesco Hayez (+18)

The Venetian painter Francesco Hayez is considered a genius of historical Romanticism. In addition to the quality and refinement of his artworks, he...

Rute Ferreira 4 August 2022

Museum Stories

Casa Vicens: Visit Gaudí’s First House in Barcelona

When in Barcelona, don’t miss visiting Casa Vicens, the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect and author of the...

Zuzanna Stańska 2 August 2022

Impressionism

Claude Monet and Saint Lazare Train Station

Between 1853 and 1870 Paris has been renovated and modernized by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, commonly known as Baron Haussmann. This prefect of the...

Zuzanna Stańska 28 July 2022