Maximilien Luce: Morning, Interior

Maximilien Luce: Morning, Interior – 1890 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York A young man has just dressed and sits on his flimsy bed in order to put his left boot on. His room is sparsely furnished – all we […]

Signac: Palais des Papes, Avignon

Paul Signac: Palais des Papes, Avignon – 1909 Musée d’Orsay, Paris Signac’s style developed over time from the closely structured pointillism of the late 1880s and early 1890s, to a freer divisionist technique employing larger brushstrokes to achieve a shimmering, […]

Seurat: Parade de cirque (Circus Sideshow)

Georges Seurat: Parade de cirque (Circus Sideshow) – 1887-1888 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York The Parade de Cirque was a taster designed to whet the appetite of passers by and persuade them to part with their entrance fee in […]

van Gogh: The Sower

Vincent van Gogh: The Sower – 1888 Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo Van Gogh produced several versions of The Sower, a motif derived from his admiration for the work of the Barbizon painter Jean-François Millet who presents his subject with gritty realism […]

Camille Pissarro: Apple Harvest

Camille Pissarro: Apple Harvest – 1888 Dallas Museum of Art, USA On a sunny autumn day four labourers are engaged in bringing in the apple harvest – their attention focused on a lone tree set on a hill. As the […]

Signac: The Dining Room

Paul Signac: The Dining Room – 1887 Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands Exhibited in 1887, The Dining Room depicts a scene from bourgeois life. At a large round table covered in a white tablecloth (which takes up more than a third […]

van Gogh: Voyer d’Argenson

Vincent van Gogh: Voyer d’Argenson, Asnières – 1887 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam In the spring of 1887 van Gogh met Paul Signac frequently to paint in and around Asnières and his output at this time was unmistakably influenced by Signac. Here […]

Seurat: Bathers at Asnières

Georges Seurat: Bathers at Asnières – 1883-1884 National Gallery, London On the 15 May 1884 the first Salon des Artistes Indépendants opened in the courtyard of the Tuileries. This was a momentous event for the art world enabling young artists […]

Seurat: A Sunday on the Island of the Grand Jatte

Georges Seurat: A Sunday on the Island of the Grande Jatte – 1884-1886 Art Institute, Chicago It is possible that as early as 1883 Seurat was formulating his ideas for large painting, complementary to the Bathers at Asnières (which had been […]

Anarchism

Anarchism  Anarchism is a generic term used to encompass a number of political ideas but central to all of them is a rejection of the state and other forms of authority or hierarchical organisation in favour of a society based […]