Artists and Makers

Charles-Guillaume Diehl

Charles-Guillaume Diehl

1811-1885 • German — Considered among the most important cabinetmakers of the 19th-century, Charles-Guillaume Diehl, a native of Steinbach, Germany, traveled to Paris in 1840 and established a large atelier, where he employed no less than 600 craftsmen by 1870. Diehl… Read More »
Julien Dupré 1851-1910

Julien Dupré Biography

French naturalist painter Julien Dupré devoted his artistic career to the depiction of French peasant women. He often rendered his subjects engaged in vigorous action, toiling against the backdrop of a breathtaking landscape. Dupré's truth to nature is constant throughout his… Read More »
Gentlemen Prefer...by Gil Elvgren

Gil Elvgren

Gil Elvgren is considered to be the greatest American pin-up and glamour artist. The majority of his work was done for the famed Brown & Bigelow, though at various points in his career, he also worked for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping, and large… Read More »
The Erard Grand Piano

Erard Piano Company

Sébastien Érard is heralded for his production of both pianos and harps, and is credited with pioneering the modern piano. His numerous innovations and patents made him a highly-respected instrument maker, earning him commissions from Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. With operations in both… Read More »
Paul Gustave Fischer

Paul Gustave Fischer Biography

The son of the artist Phillip Fischer, Paul Gustave Fischer was born in Copenhagen into a Polish Jewish family, and was part of the fourth generation of this family to live in Denmark. He began to paint when he was still young, guided by his father. He became a pupil of C. Möller, but was… Read More »
Original painting by Emile Friant

Émile Friant biography

French Naturalist painter Émile Friant's technical precision and observational prowess made his work some of the most desirable works of the early 20th century. He was a native of Nancy, a northeastern French city that in the later years of the 19th century was becoming a secondary… Read More »
Portrait of a Mr. Coke by Thomas Gainsborough

Thomas Gainsborough

Thomas Gainsborough was one of the most recognizable names in 18th-century art. Considered a true artistic genius, known for the inventiveness and complexity of his techniques, Gainsborough’s work is synonymous with sublime elegance and relaxed grace. A favorite of the aristocracy, who… Read More »
Soir de Bataille by Jules Girardet

Jules Girardet Biography

Jules Girardet was born in Versailles to Swiss parents in 1856. He received his formal art education at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, concentrating on historical genre for which he became most notable. Girardet enjoyed a successful career, participating in numerous exhibitions in Paris and… Read More »
Girodet's Napoleon I in Coronation Robes

Anne-Louis Girodet

Anne-Louis Girodet 1767-1824 •  French One of the greatest Neoclassical painters, Girodet was profoundly shaped by both his training under the great Jacques-Louis David and by the dramatic social and political upheaval brought about by the French Revolution. His wide range of… Read More »
Alexej Alexejewitsch Harlamoff (Russian 1842-1915)

Alexei Harlamoff Biography

Alexei Harlamoff's greatest renown came from his romanticized images of Bohemian children and young peasant girls. He was particularly skilled at using very soft and natural colors when painting faces, and paid great attention to delicately highlighting the cheeks and temples. His… Read More »