Jules Breton: La Falaise

Jules Breton, Realist Painter of Rustic Life Jules Adolphe Aimé Louis Breton (1827 – 1906) was a 19th-century French Realist painter, poet, and writer born in Courrières, a small Pas-de-Calais village. He was one of the best known painters of his period in his native France, as well as England and the United States. The…

László Mednyánszky: Iron Gate on the Danube (1890-95)

Video Baron László Mednyánszky (1852 – 1919) Hungarian artist Baron László Mednyánszky or Ladislaus Josephus Balthasar Eustachius Mednyánszky, a Hungarian painter-philosopher, is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of Hungarian art. Despite an aristocratic background, he spent most of his life moving around Europe working as an artist. Wikipedia Born: April 23,…

Wilhelm Wachtel: The King of Israel Viewing Jerusalem…

Who Is Wilhelm Wachtel? According to Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects: Wilhelm Wachtel was a Jewish-Polish realist painter and illustrator. Born in Lviv,[Ukraine], he studied at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts under Leon Wyczółkowski and Leopold Löffler, and then the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Nikolaus Gysisa. He traveled to Vienna,…

Jean-François Millet: Calling Home the Cattle (late 1850s)

This painting brings back fond memories of my grandparents’ small farm and the people who shaped my childhood. If I shut my eyes and unplug the electronics, I can feel the utter peace of the twilight hillside at the foot of the Great Smokey Mountains. It is nearing sunset, and Grandaddy brings the cows up…