Ivan Shishkin – Rain in an Oak Forest (1891)

Given the monikers “Forest Tsar”, “Old Pine Tree” and “Lonely Oak” by his contemporaries, Ivan Shishkin enchanted everyone with his meticulous eye for detail and with his extraordinary skill in grasping the beauty and simplicity of nature. His highly realistic landscapes – usually rendering forests – belong to a larger movement at the time, called…

François Barraud – La Tailleuse de Soupe (1933)

Largely forgotten today, François Barraud was a self-taught Swiss painter known for his realism, deeply melancholic, contemplative portraits and nudes. He was influenced by The New Objectivity movement, which also included Christian Schad and Cagnaccio di San Pietro. The movement emphasized the realism of everyday life, without much context being offered: the very identity of…

Wilhelm Trübner– A Gorgon’s Head (1891)

Wilhelm Trübner (1851 – 1917) was a German realist painter, greatly influenced by fellow artists Gustave Courbet and Wilhelm Leibl. Trübner returns to Ancient Greece in a modern, realistic way with his 1891 work, A Gorgon’s Head. The gorgons were Ancient Greek winged female creatures with living snakes as hair and protruding tongues. They would…