Nineteenth Century French Artists

James Tissot (1836-1902), Miss L.L., 1864. Photo: Kunsthaus Zurich. Collection Orsay Museum Paris.

19th-century French painting offers artists who enjoyed great recognition and the plaudits of art critics and audiences, but are little known in German-speaking countries. Although indebted to traditional painting techniques and themes, they were in some cases highly innovative. French painting at this time is mainly famous for Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, ‘plein air’ painting, Impressionism and their famous artists, such as Géricault, Delacroix, Corot, Daumier, Millet, Courbet, Manet, Sisley, Monet and Renoir (and many others). They were highly controversial in their day however, but famous nowadays. The more traditional painters, such as Delaroche, Couture, Meissonier, Cabanel, Gérôme und Bouguereau, were highly celebrated artists in the nineteenth century, sidelined today. The exhibition brings together these various and hotly debated approaches in nineteenth century French painting to create a rich and diverse panorama of the era’s genres.