19th century

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Book Shorts

Children’s portraits without shadows: new book on painting childhood

No Chucky or Lord of the Flies in portraits by British and British-based artists

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Book Shorts

Boilly, prolific portraitist and genre painter

Almost unknown in Britain, his work was secretly amassed by Harry Hyams, the billionaire property developer

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Book Shorts

William-Adolphe Bougeureau: tasteless, sentimental, soft-porny, but French above all

Book looks at the former official darling of the American republic

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Book Shorts

A collection of Romantic 19th-century German illustrations

Book looks at narrative cycles by Edward von Steinle and Leopold Bode

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Conservation & Preservation

Warship figureheads restored ahead of opening for new Plymouth arts complex

Royal Navy statues are being made shipshape and ready for installation at The Box, opening in 2020

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Books

A monumental study of the heyday of Historicist painting

This comprehensive volume looks at a genre popular in 19th-century Europe but long scorned in the art world

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Openings

A bigger splash: France's expanded La Piscine museum reopens after makeover

Former Art Deco swimming pool in Roubaix dives into Modern French sculpture

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Discoveries

Courbet's model for the Origin of the World discovered

It is now “99% certain” that dancer Constance Quéniaux is depicted in the infamous nude

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Exhibitions

Looted ‘cannibal’ bowl served up in Royal Academy of Art’s Oceania show

Artefact is one of around 200 on show in largest exhibition on the region in almost 40 years

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Books

How to force historians to use their eyes: book urges academics to 'take art more seriously'

Princeton University's Theodore K. Rabb says more visual materials—not only written records—should be explored

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Exhibitions

Louvre’s Delacroix exhibition uncovers France’s superstar of the Romantic era

His boundless inventiveness as a painter—and not only—shines through in this ambitious survey

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Exhibitions

How Delacroix went from lycée dropout to establishment favourite

Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre is first major survey of the painter’s work in more than 50 years

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19th century

Why Courbet's The Origin of the World is so popular—and it's not what you think

Our most-read story of 2016 was about Facebook's legal battle over the French master's work. Here's why it still causes a stir, 100 years on

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19th century

London version of Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe predates the bigger picture in Paris

Research supports theory that Courtauld’s painting is preparatory sketch for version in the Musée d'Orsay

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Frivolity, hedonism, sensuality and sex—OK!

The 19th-century revision of received perceptions of French Rococo art