From Barbizon to La Belle Epoch, from Albert Charpin to Federico Zandomeneghi and everything in between, our soon to be released book written by Bill Rau, An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century European Painting, is a must have for not only collectors but for art lovers in general.
It has been said that the nineteenth-century generated more diverse styles and subject matters than any period before it. Some of this can be accredited to the many technological advances in the painter’s tools themselves: mineral pigments, zinc paint tubes and even photography. Those developments, along with a quickly expanding railway network, afforded easy travel to the previously inaccessible countryside where many artists chose to paint.
The free spirits such as Boudin, Corot, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Croegeart, Delacroix and so many others that emerged from this period are considered some of the most exciting artists in all of art history.
Over the past few months, our sales team here at M.S. Rau has been studying this book, chapter by chapter. Every other week, we gathered before the gallery opened to participate in what we called “book training.” Each member of the sales team took turns teaching a chapter and the resulting classes were wonderful lessons formed from our different personalities.
For some of us, it was the first time we have taught such classes, and I can genuinely say that we have all emerged stronger and more confident in our art knowledge. In addition to learning this essential reference for nineteenth-century art, we also hold product training on our entire collection of fine art, antiques and jewelry three times a week to make our sales team the most knowledgeable in the industry.
Having read the entire book and taught a few chapters, I can highly recommend the fascinating journey Bill Rau takes through nineteenth-century European art. If you would like to enjoy the experience, order your copy today here.