Edgar Degas is regarded as one of the founding fathers of Impressionism, even though he preferred the term ‘Realist’. Degas was a master of capturing the moment and was particularly skilled at capturing movement. He used the traditional methods that he learned as a history painter to become a classical painter of daily life. He is probably most famous for his depictions of ballet dancers.
John James Audubon (1785 – 1851) was and ornithologist and painter well known for his book Birds of America. The images he created are meticulously detailed are considered to be an archetype of wildlife illustration.
James John Audubon
Franz Marc was a key figure of the German Expressionist movement. His distinctive style was heavily influenced the cubism and the futuristic and his work had a huge impact on post First World War expressionism. Together with Kandinsky he found Der Blau Reiter, with the goal to overcome the toxic state of the world through art. He was drafted into the German army at the beginning of the First World War and died from shrapnel wounds at the Battle of Verdun in 1916.
Oscar-Claude Monet is one of the most famous French painters in the world. He is one of the founding fathers of the French impressionist movement and his artwork is famous the world over. Monet’s artwork shows how his direct observation of nature and the way that light shifts and changes with the seasons.
Winslow Homer was a renowned 19th Century American artist, he worked as an artist correspondent for the illustrated journal Harper’s Weekly. Famous for his seascapes and depictions of daily life by the coast, he used both oils and watercolours to capture the moment in stunning detail.