– Thomas Eakins is considered as one of the most important artists in American art history. He received little recognition in his lifetime but after his death American art historians considered him as “the strongest, most profound realist in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American art”.
– Between Rounds was one of Eakins’ famous sports paintings. He attended prizefights and invited fighters to his studio to help him prepare for his paintings. He reportedly saw over 300 rounds of prizefighting before he began painting.
Charity of Saint Elladius of Toledo
– Francisco Bayeu y Subías was an excellent fresco painter. He received many commissions to paint Royal palaces including the Palacio Real. He served as a court painter to King Chales II and King Charles III of Spain.
– Aside from his works of charity, Elladius introduced reforms in the ecclesiastical hierarchy and took care of the improvement of worship. His successor, San Ildefonso noted that “while dressed as a layman, he lived like a monk”.
Dancer Taking a Bow
– Degas is very skillful at depicting movement especially from a spectator’s point of view. He was mostly fascinated with dance which he portrayed by showing the dancer’s hard work, the boredom, and the common beauty behind the scenes.
– The smile on the dancer’s face shows just how much she enjoyed performing. Let the pure joy emanating from the ballerina reach into your heart.
Liberty Leading the People
– Delacroix was already considered as a leader in the Romantic school of French art when he created this artwork.
– The French government intended to use the painting to remind Louis-Philippe of the July Revolution which placed him on the throne.
Napoleon Crossing the Alps
– When Napoleon learned about the painting, he requested three more versions of the artwork. David painted an additional version and kept it in his workshops until his death.
– The painting became the most reproduced image of Napoleon.
– Whatever anyone thinks of Napoleon, one cannot ignore the resolve in his eyes depicted in this image.
On to Liberty
– Kaufmann fought in the Union Army and may have been a correspondent-artist. He could well have directly witnessed situations similar to the scene depicted in the painting.
– The painting represents the challenges the former slaves had to overcome to obtain liberty.
The Departure of Garibaldino
– Gerolamo Induno was a volunteer in the legion of Giacomo Medici. He produced numerous studies and paintings while taking part in the defense of the Roman Republic.
– Aside from this painting, the Risorgimento or the Italian unification inspired many other works of art, including Induno, Francesco Hayez, Andrea Appiani, and Giovanni Fattori.
The Hard-Working Mother
– Chardin was an influential to the artists of the modern era. He was reportedly one of Matisse’s most admired painters. Other artists like Manet, Braque and Soutine also look to Chardin for inspiration.
– This genre painting of a domestic scene highlights the mother’s dedication to her work. This will surely remind the viewers of their long suffering mothers.
The Painter’s Triumph
– William Sidney Mount was among the first American artist to refuse formal education from European artists. He believed that American artists could be just as good as their European contemporaries.
– Mount’s target audience for his artworks was the middle class. The painting has been interpreted as an icon of the democratization of American art.
The Works of Mercy
– The painting was so highly appreciated by Tenier’s clientele that he painted five more versions of the theme.
– You dont have to be religious to draw inspiration from this painting.