Barbizon Hotel women

On May 31, 1953, 20-year-old Sylvia Plath arrived in New York City. She was a rising senior at Smith College and already a published author, with three poems sold to Harper’s; she was also just a few months away from her first suicide attempt.Read More →

The Hay Wain, 1821, oil on canvas by John Constable

19th Century French artists in search of truth and beauty in rural life The Gleaners (1857) by Jean-François Millet. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Source Wikimedia Commons In the middle of the 19th century, a group of French artists set up home in the village of Barbizon in the Fontainebleau forest, someRead More →

The Gleaners (1857) by Jean-François Millet

Another pupil of Delaroche was the painter Charles-Francois Daubigny (1817-1878), noted for his enthusiasm for pleinairism , who used delicate hatching in pure colour in a style reminiscent of later Impressionists like Monet (1840-1926) and Renoir (1841-1919), to create his own brand of tranquil landscapes. Source: Barbizon School of LandscapeRead More →