Famous Paintings: Women of Algiers

Women of Algiers is simply one of the most famous paintings by Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863). It captures his rejection of Neoclassical style which emphasized formal clarity, intricate details, and flawlessly smooth textures.  In contrast, Delacroix became the standard bearer of Romanticism. This style has [...]

By |2018-09-22T13:49:36+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Romanticism paintings|2 Comments

Famous Paintings: Death of Sardanapalus

The Background of Eugene Delacroix. One of the most well-known painters from the 19th century, Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) created some of the most famous paintings of this era.  These include Liberty Leading the People and Death of Sardanapalus.  At the age of 17, [...]

By |2018-07-17T14:57:24+00:00July 5th, 2018|Romanticism paintings|0 Comments

Goya Paintings: Duchess of Alba

Over his long association with Spanish royalty - Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) worked under four monarchies, first starting in 1774 - Goya painted numerous royal portraits.  Among those he most often portrayed was the Duchess of Alba (1761-1802). After her husband died in [...]

By |2018-03-23T17:38:44+00:00November 15th, 2014|Romanticism paintings|0 Comments

Goya Paintings: Self-Portrait with Dr. Arrieta

Vicente Lopez y Portana.  Francisco Goya, 1827.  Oil on canvas, approximately 37" by 30".  Prado Museum, Madrid. A retrospective of Francisco Goya (1746-1828) - encompassing 170 Goya paintings, prints and drawing - is currently on view at Boston's Museum of [...]

By |2018-03-25T20:52:31+00:00October 31st, 2014|Romanticism paintings|0 Comments

Famous Paintings: The Fighting Temeraire

Joseph Mallord William Turner.  Self-Portrait, ca. 1799.  Oil on canvas, approximately 29" by 23".  Tate, London.   Many of the most famous paintings by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) were created during the years Britain and Napoleonic France were battling. [...]

By |2018-03-23T21:30:25+00:00June 7th, 2014|Romanticism paintings|0 Comments

Famous Painters: Francisco de Goya

Of all the famous painters whose artwork graces the Prado Museum, none is more extensively represented than Franciso de Goya (1746-1828). With nearly 150 Goya paintings, 500 hundred drawings, and his series of engravings, the Prado holds the most thorough collection of [...]

By |2018-03-23T22:13:34+00:00October 3rd, 2013|Romanticism paintings|3 Comments

Famous Paintings: Liberty Leading the People, 1830

One of the most famous paintings by Eugene Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People is best understood by recalling Western art history in the first half of the 19th century. At that time, the history of painting was an ongoing dialogue between two of [...]

By |2018-03-24T18:27:29+00:00January 11th, 2011|Romanticism paintings|3 Comments

Famous Paintings: The Third of May 1808

The early years of Francisco Goya (1746-1828), born Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, were thoroughly undistinguished, with no clues to the famous paintings, prints and drawings that now define his legacy. He wasn't a childhood painting prodigy; he clashed with and left his painting [...]

By |2018-03-24T18:31:18+00:00September 7th, 2010|Romanticism paintings|0 Comments