Artists and Makers

Paintings by Henri Martin. The painting on the right exhibits his classical background.

Martin, Henri

Henri Martin began his artistic studies at the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse. In 1879, he moved to Paris to study under Jean Paul Laurens, and his early academic style earned him a medal from the conservative Paris Salon at the age of 23. Shortly after, Martin was awarded a trip… Read More »
This incredible bureau plat and chair was crafted by the acclaimed ébénisteT. Millet of Paris, founder of the acclaimed Maison Millet firm, and represents among the finest 19th-century furnishings crafted by this gifted artisan.

Millet, Maison

The House of Millet or Maison Millet was founded in 1853 by T. Millet in Paris. Millet was a producer of the finest meubles de luxe from 1853 until 1918, specializing in furnishings designed in the 18th-century taste. The firm won many honors, including the gold medal at the Paris… Read More »
Giovanni Montelatici pietre dure masterpiece

Montelatici, Giovanni

Giovanni Montelatici is often credited with revitalizing the skill of "painting" in pietre dure, an art which had fallen into a steady decline since the mid-19th century. In 1898, he went into business with Galileo Chini (d. 1957), an artist from Mugello, near Florence, and the two men… Read More »
Normandy Coast by Henry Moret

Moret, Henry

A vivid color palette and bold brushwork distinguish this extraordinary landscape by Henry Moret. His breathtaking canvases dutifully capture the bright skies, lush greenery, tranquil waterways and diverse coastline of northern France. It is through his mastery of the plein-air technique,… Read More »
Emile Munier

Munier, Émile

Émile Munier specialized in portraying children in all their innocence. Munier’s academic training began with his mentor, Abel Lucas, and he later became a student of his close friend William Bouguereau, the artist who epitomized 19th-century, high-academic art. During the… Read More »
1st Edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica

Newton, Sir Isaac

Sir Isaac Newton, the great English mathematician and physicist, was born on Christmas Day, 1642, the same year that Galileo died. He held a professorship at Cambridge University and represented the University in Parliament, reformed the English coinage as master of the mint, and for… Read More »
Georgia O'Keefe's It was Yellow and Pink I

O'Keefe, Georgia

Georgia O'KeeffeRenowned for her magnificent use of color and form in her landscapes, flower studies and abstract paintings, Georgia O'Keeffe is regarded among the most significant and provocative artists of the 20th century and a key figure in the American modernist movement. She decided… Read More »
Bay of Naples Landscape by Alberto Pasini

Pasini, Alberto

Alberto Pasini was a celebrated Orientalist painter and lithographer. His scenes incorporate superb draftsmanship and a great sensitivity to color. He is also known for his juxtaposition of different social types brought together by the common bonds of trade and religion, all portrayed… Read More »
Sidney Richard Percy

Percy, Sidney Richard

Sidney Richard Percy was one of the most important landscape painters of the Victorian period. Born into an artistic dynasty, his father and five brothers were also successful artists. Percy dropped his surname of Williams to avoid confusion with his other family members and emerged as… Read More »
Jacob Petit

Petit, Jacob

1796-1868 • French — Jacob Petit owned one of the most important and well-known porcelain factories in France, becoming one of the major producers of Rococo ornamental ware during the 1830s. Between 1830 and 1850, new manufacturing techniques evolved that modernized the… Read More »