Paris dominates the art world

One invention changed the art world

The paint tube was invented around 1840. This vital piece of equipment, allowed revolutionary 19th century artists such as Claude Monet to paint outside. As a result, artists painted en plein air and Impressionism was born. Find out more.

Revolution and social change is reflected in the art of the 19th century

The last 30 years of the 19th century saw artists experimenting with technique and colour. Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh were amongst the most radical painters.
These artists pointed the way to what we know as ‘Modern Art’.

For more comprehensive biographies and other information about great 19th century artists check out my art history website.


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The painter of the marginalised

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The leader of Impressionism

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Studying the art of the past teaches us how people saw themselves and their world. It also suggests how they wanted others to see them. By viewing what has been created before and the knowledge gained contributes to how we feel, see and understand our world.

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Want to learn more about the lives of influential artists? What motivated and inspired them to create their art?  The problems they encountered and the battles fought to achieve success.  Their lives are intriguing.

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