A Cotton Office in New Orleans
– This is the artist’s first painting to be sold to an impressionist museum. He wanted to sell the painting to a British textile merchant but the decline in cotton prices made it impossible to make the sale.
– While he only painted this artwork just to pass the time, this work marked a turning point in his career. This painting is one of the most admired works of Degas.
Going to Business
– James Tissot was one of the most prominent Victorian painters in London. The painting is part of Victorian Panorama: Paintings of Victorian Life published by Christopher Wood in 1976.
– Tissot often involves the viewer in his paintings. In this particular painting, the horse and carriage appear to be moving slowly toward the viewer.
Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze
– It is likely the first of a series of portraits of merchants who were members of the Hanseatic League – an association of the town that formed to protect merchants against pirates.
– The artist used this work to to show off his talents. It is widely believed that Holbein made this elaborate painting for Gisze to demonstrate his art in detail to the other merchants.
Portraits at the Stock Exchange
– While most critics regard the scene depicted in the painting as dark, murky, shady and sketchy, the actual setting of the painting is the interior hall of Bourse which makes the transaction legitimate and conventional.
– Being the son of a banker, Degas was familiar with the codes and customs of the people at the stock exchange. This painting reflects the artist’s views about the stock exchange in the late 19th century Paris.
St. Martin in the Fields
– Hoping for a snow scene, the artist had to endure extreme cold weather to finish this painting. He covered his feet with straw to protect them from the cold.
– A remarkable view of Trafalgar Square in the late 19th century. Painted just months after the Bloody Sunday riots that occurred there in 1887, it highlights the plight of children selling on the streets.
The Banker And His Wife
– This is a fine example of Metsys’ genre paintings where he depicts daily events while condemning greed and praising honesty.
– The painting was once owned by another Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens.
The Banker’s Private Room Negotiating a Loan
– The artist is a member of the Cranbrook Colony, known to create accurate depictions of scenes from daily life during the Victorian era. We can get an idea about how some bank transactions are conducted through this work of art.
– If you pay close attention, you will notice there is another painting within the painting so you’re getting two for one!
The Iron-Rolling Mill (Eisenwalzwerk)
– Considered as one of the most extraordinary and significant works of Menzel. In contrast to other industrial paintings that usually portray the product and the owners, Menzel focused on the workers and the machinery.
– Menzel went to great lengths to be able to portray the scene accurately. He visited a foundry, read engineering literature, sketched unfamiliar tools and studied the motions of the workers.
The Money Counter
– Massani was known for his warm and humorous paintings. The couple’s affectionate smiles depicted in this painting demonstrate real warmth and avarice, perhaps!
– Massani did not use professional models to pose for his paintings. You can bet that the smiles of the subjects in this painting are genuine.
– The painter was dubbed as “the skyscraper artist par excellence of America” by the New York Times. This painting shows exactly why the New York Times described him as such.
– Revisit Wall Street as it was at the start of the 20th century. The period wa