Featured Works

  • Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema


    Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema


    Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema is considered the most successful painter of the Victorian Era. He became famous for his representations of the opulence and decadence of the Roman Empire. Alma-Tadema is particularly known for his unmatched attention to detail and historical accuracy, a skill most prized by his era’s fascination with visualizing the past.

  • George Bellows


    George Bellows


    An all-around athlete at Ohio State University, George Bellows used his knowledge of sports to create paintings of boxing that portrayed a new and unflinching realism. An avid fan of boxing, Bellows captured the force and energy of the struggle by using rapid brushwork. Stag at Sharkey’s is his most famous representation of the sport.

  • Thomas Hart Benton


    Thomas Hart Benton


    Thomas Hart Benton is a widely recognized American painter, muralist, printmaker and illustrator, and in 1934, he was the first artist to make the cover of Time magazine. He studied and worked in the art worlds of Chicago, Paris and New York. Declaring himself an “enemy of modernism,” Benton was a political leftist who began the naturalistic and representational artistic movement known as Regionalism.

  • John Steuart Curry


    John Steuart Curry


    John Steuart Curry trained at the Chicago Art Institute, the Kansas City Art Institute, and Paris’s Academie Julian, after which he worked as an illustrator for publications such as the Saturday Evening Post. A teacher at the Art Student’s League and Cooper Union in New York City, Curry embraced Regionalism and created works that communicated rural nostalgia for the values of America’s heartland. He also traveled with Ringling Brothers Circus and produced sketches, watercolors, and paintings that depicted the colorful drama of carnival life.

  • Raimundo De Madrazo


    Raimundo De Madrazo


    Born to a family of Spanish painters, Raimundo De Madrazo began his training under his father Federico, followed by studies at the School of Fine Arts, Madrid and then under Léon Cogniet in Paris. He lived in Paris and frequently traveled to America where his oil paint portraiture skills were quickly discovered by some of the most powerful collectors of the era.

  • Edgar Degas


    Edgar Degas


    Edgar Degas is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he preferred to be classified a realist. He was particularly masterful in depicting movement, as seen in his numerous renditions of dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes. He enjoyed experimenting with an assortment of techniques and media as his career progressed, moving eventually from oils to pastels as his preferred medium.

  • Cesare Auguste Detti


    Cesare Auguste Detti


    Cesare Auguste Detti received his formal education at the Accademia di San Luca. His first exhibition was in Naples in 1872, followed by another in Rome in 1876. Detti secured his reputation as a specialist in costume pictures, historical genre paintings that depicted highly romanticized subjects. After his success in Italy, he began receiving invitations to international exhibitions and relocated his studio to Paris

  • Maynard Dixon


    Maynard Dixon


    Maynard Dixon’s paintings portray the cultural mix of the American West in the early 20th century. Some of his best works were a series of social realism canvases he completed during the Great Depression. Dixon’s wife, famed photographer Dorothea Lange, was devoted to chronicling the plight of migrant workers. At the same time, Dixon chose to paint realistic subject matter, including displaced people and those impacted by the Depression.

  • William de Leftwich Dodge


    William de Leftwich Dodge


    William de Leftwich Dodge was one of America's foremost muralists during the early 20th century. In the late 1800s, he earned his living as a magazine illustrator and contributed to journals, including CenturyScribner's and Collier's. Dodge was commissioned by architect Richard Morris Hunt to decorate the 100 ft. dome of his Administration Building at the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. His work includes the decorations for the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and the State Capitol at Albany.

  • Guy Pene Du Bois


    Guy Pene Du Bois


    Brooklyn-born Guy Pène du Bois painted New York society in his art, often including a satirical perspective. Cafés, restaurants, theaters and art galleries were among the scenes he favored depicting the well-heeled at leisure. Pène du Bois never identified with a particular art movement and rather classified himself as an independent. Throughout his career, he both painted and wrote about art and was regarded as an insightful critic.

  • Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy


    Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy


    Henry Jules Jean Geoffroy was born in Marennes, France and became a pupil of Eugene Levasseur at the age of eighteen. While he tried other subjects, Geoffrey specialized in portraits of children, which made him a popular portraitist for wealthy patrons. Eventually, an editor persuaded him to illustrate and write children's books.

  • John William Godward


    John William Godward


    John William Godward was a Victorian Neo-classicist. He was a great admirer of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and emulated his style. Both painters were considered members of the “Marble School,” known for its realistic, detailed portrayal of ancient Greek and Roman life.

  • Rudolf Hirth du Frenes


    Rudolf Hirth du Frenes


    Rudolf Hirth du Frênes was an accomplished painter whose training began at the art school in Nuremberg and culminated at the Munich Academy. Du Frênes debuted at his first Salon around 1870, exhibiting in Vienna, Berlin and Munich. From around 1880-1885, he traveled and painted in Holland, Belgium, and France. His body of work covered a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, genre, and portraits.

  • Winslow Homer


    Winslow Homer


    Winslow Homer began his career illustrating for weekly magazines, including Harper's Weekly. He devoted increasing attention to painting, but instead of pursuing his studies abroad, he was sent to the front lines of the Civil War on assignment with Harper’s. Later in life, he relocated to the coast of Maine, and the themes of his work began to revolve around man against nature and epic battles of men versus the sea.

  • Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres


    Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres


    Ingres studied at the art academy in Toulouse before joining the studio of Jacques-Louis David in 1797. He felt drawing was the essence of painting, and he drew his subject until he understood it thoroughly. As a portraitist, Ingres was careful to capture and recreate both the physical and psychological nature of his subject. He influenced a diverse array of artists in their use of form and line, including Renoir, Degas, Modigliani, Seurat, and Picasso.

  • Carl Larsson


    Carl Larsson


    A Swedish book illustrator, printmaker, and painter, Carl Larsson’s visual aesthetic created an idea of a Swedish domestic design and lifestyle. After several years working as an illustrator, Larsson was eager to embrace change and spent two summers in Barbizon before moving to a Scandinavian artists’ colony outside Paris. The move precipitated a major transition for Larsson. He abandoned oil painting in favor of watercolors and painted some of his most important works.

  • Arthur Frank Mathews


    Arthur Frank Mathews


    A central figure with his wife Lucia in turn-of-the-century, post-earthquake San Francisco, Arthur Mathews concentrated on the reconstruction of the fine arts in the Bay Area. His diverse talents included architecture, mural painting, furniture making, printing, and urban design. A Tonalist painter, he was also an advocate of the American Renaissance style, which was based on classical disciplines and the subject matter of the Italian Renaissance.

  • Frederick Morgan


    Frederick Morgan


    Frederick Morgan was an English painter who initially found recognition painting portraits of people dissatisfied with their photographs. He also created paintings depicting tranquil scenes of children and the domestic countryside, many of which were reproduced as salable keepsake prints and as well as into advertisements of the period. Particularly popular among the British middle and upper classes, his most famous patron was Queen Alexandra.

  • Edward Henry Potthast


    Edward Henry Potthast


    American Impressionist Edward Henry Potthast is best known for his sunny beach scenes filled with colorful details, including balloons, hats and umbrellas. He studied at the Royal Academy in Munich and later in Paris with Fernand Cormon, where he found inspiration in the work of his Impressionist peers. Coney Island and Rockaway Beach were among his favorite sites.

  • Frederic Remington


    Frederic Remington


    In a career that spanned less than 25 years, Frederic Remington produced more than 3,000 drawings and paintings, 22 bronze sculptures, a novel, a Broadway play and more than 100 articles and stories. John Ford’s 1949 western film She Wore a Yellow Ribbon was inspired directly by Remington’s work. His legacy is a portrayal of the heroic figures of the Old American West, including seasoned cowboys and their epic struggles.

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir


    Pierre-Auguste Renoir


    Famed for his nudes and charming domestic scenes, Auguste Renoir was a French painter and founding member of the 1870s Impressionist movement. By the 1880s, however, he had severed ties with Impressionism and began to develop a more classically-inspired style that influenced such avant-garde giants as Pablo Picasso. His paintings are among the world’s most reproduced works.

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