Detail from La Lecture, 1877, by  Henri Fantin-Latour. Photograph: Alain Basset/© Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

In a century when most artists either sought the approval of the established Salon exhibition jury or rebelled and joined the avant-garde, Henri Fanti(...)

Masterworks: Detail from ‘Skylark’ by Pál Szinyei Merse

A shapely young woman lies naked on her stomach in a field of wild flowers. The chignon at the nape of her neck is half undone. She leans on her righ(...)