Painter/Artist: Philips Wouverman

Dutch School. A most prolific painter of landscapes enlivened with horsemen, etc. Eleven examples are in the National Gallery. LONDON, WALLACE COLLECTION THE HORSE FAIR “This very capital picture exhibits an open country divided in the middle distance by a river, whose course is lost among the distant mountains. The principal scene of activity is […]

Painter/Artist: James Whistler

Born at Lowell, Massachusetts; lived at Chelsea the greatest part of his life. LONDON, TATE GALLERY OLD BATTERSEA BRIDGE A single pier and part of two spans of the old wooden bridge seen from the east side at low tide at night. A rocket rises from Cremorne Gardens on the right and another has just […]

Painter/Artist: Rogier van der Weyden

ANTWERP THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS Three panels representing the nave and side aisles of a church seen from the western end. From the foreground in the centre rises a lofty crucifix, the Saviour’s body being on a level with the clerestory and triforium, at the foot of which are ;grouped St. John supporting the Virgin, and […]

Painter/Artist: George Frederick Watts

LONDON, TATE GALLERY PSYCHE Full length, nude, facing us. A young girl standing beside her couch, her hands at her sides, looking down in despair at a feather from the wing of Eros, who has flown away. Painted and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1880. Purchased by the Chantrey Trustees, 1882. MAMMON The god […]

Painter/Artist: Antoine Watteau

French School. “Watteau was not only the inventor of Fetes galantes, and the most exquisite colourist among French artists of the eighteenth century. He was a poet-painter who transfigured the frivolities of his time into dream-like scenes.” (Sir Claude Phillips.) LONDON, WALLACE COLLECTION FETE IN A PARK In the foreground on the right is a […]

Painter/Artist: Frederick Walker

LONDON,NATIONAL GALLERY THE PLOUGH Two grey horses drawing a wooden plough to left across a field separated from us by a small stream, and backed by a chalk cliff which glows pink in the sunset. A man is driving the plough; and a boy is at the near horse’s head. The sunlight also catches a […]

Painter/Artist: Luigi Vivarini

Early Venetian School. Son of Antonio. His largest and most important works are the unfinished altar-piece at the Frari, Venice, and two in the Berlin Museum. LONDON, NATIONAL GALLERY THE VIRGIN AND CHILD The Virgin, in a blue mantle over a crimson robe, stands behind a parapet facing us. Her left hand holds a cushion […]

Painter/Artist: Bartolommeo Vivarini

Early Venetian School. Younger brother of Antonio. LONDON, NATIONAL GALLERY THE VIRGIN AND CHILD AND TWO SAINTS Against a gold background the Virgin stands facing slightly to right behind a parapet, holding the Child seated on a cushion, who holds to His mother’s neck. Behind to the left is St. Paul, and to the right […]

Painter/Artist: Antonio Vivarini

Early Venetian School. Active at Murano, 1440-1470, generally in conjunction with “Johannes Alemanus,” but sometimes alone, as in the Adoration of the Kings at Berlin. VENICE, ACADEMY THE PARADISE On an elevated throne are seated the Virgin face to face with Christ, who is crowning her, and behind them the Father with the mystic Dove. […]

Painter/Artist: Madame Le Brun Vigee

French School. Marie Elisabeth Vigee, wife of the dealer Lebrun. LONDON, NATIONAL GALLERY PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST Half length, slightly to the right, the head full face in a broad-brimmed straw hat trimmed with flowers and a feather, and a low-cut dove-coloured silk dress trimmed with a ruched frill of white silk. Round her shoulders […]