Romanticism to Impressionism

List of the PostsRomanticism to Impressionism

The evolution of French painting from Romanticism to Impressionism,
with examples by Delacroix


Eugène Delacroix, Dernières paroles de l’empereur Marc Aurèle, 1844, oil on canvas, Musée des Beaux Arts, Lyon, France


Eugène Delacroix, La Bataille de Taillebourg, 1837, oil on canvas, Château de Versailles, France
and Gérôme, representing Romanticism

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Réception des ambassadeurs siamois par l’empereur Napoléon III au palais de Fontainebleau, 1864, oil on canvas, Château de Versailles, France
The Romantic movement was followed by the Realists, and we were shown examples from Courbet


Gustave Courbet, Bonjour M Courbet, 1854, oil on canvas, Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France


Gustave Courbet, Les Casseurs de pierre, 1849, oil on canvas, destroyed during the Second World War II

and Millet


Jean-François Millet, Des Glaneuses, 1857, oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France


Jean-François Millet, Batteuses repos (Ruth et Boaz), 1853, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

The painting which gave Impressionism its name, with the acidic comment by Louis Leroy in Le Charavari:
“Impression, I was certain of it. I was just telling myself that, since I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it – and what freedom, what ease of workmanship! A preliminary drawing for a wallpaper paper is more finished than this seascape!”

Claude Monet, Impression, soleil levant, 1872, oil on canvas, Musée Marmottan, Paris, France

And finally four paintings by Guillaumin, one of the lesser known impressionists


Armand Guillaumin, Crozan, Solitude, 1915, oil on canvas


Armand Guillaumin, Epinay sur Orge, 1884, oil on canvas


Armand Guillaumin, Pongibeaud, hameau de Peschadoires, 1884, oil on canvas


Armand Guillaumin, Paysage de rivière, 1890, oil on canvas, Museum of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

MH, 16 January 2018, Meeting No 8


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