Artists and Makers

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

Corot, Jean-Baptiste Camille

1796-1875 • French — Regarded by many as the first Impressionist, his paintings bear anticipations of the plein air technique and "truth to nature" that the revolutionary movement sought to express. His work served as the inspiration for an entire generation of… Read More »
The Sole Survivor by Terence Tenison Cuneo

Cuneo, Terence Tenison

Terence Tenison Cuneo hailed from a family of artists and gained his formal art education at the Slade School of Art. Upon graduation, he earned jobs illustrating for books, magazines and other periodicals. With the onset of World War II, Cuneo got a position with the War Artist Advisory… Read More »
Henry Dasson Egyptian Granite and Bronze Urns

Dasson, Henry

Henry Dasson made his mark as a leading Parisian cabinetmaker early in his career, garnering favor with the most important figures in the French aristocracy. The wife of Emperor Napoleon III, Empress Eugénie, whose own tastes were largely responsible for the resurgence of the Louis… Read More »
Charles-Guillaume Diehl

Diehl, Charles-Guillaume

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

Dupré, Julien

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

Elvgren, Gil

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

Érard, Sébastien

Sébastien Érard, founder of Erard Piano Company, 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… Read More »
Paul Gustave Fischer

Fischer, Paul Gustave

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

Friant, Émile

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

Gainsborough, Thomas

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 »