Berthe Morisot

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 Patrick Bamford: “It’s amazing the amount of uproar that comes into the game when somebody’s pockets are getting hurt.” Photograph: Clive Brunskill / AFP

Further to Ray Burke’s Diary yesterday on the 1956 Tate Gallery theft, an interesting but lesser reported aspect of that crime was the paternal backgr(...)

Detail from Jour d’été (Summer’s Day) by Berthe Morisot (1879). National Gallery, London. An audacious theft 65 years ago this month highlighted the controversy over the Hugh Lane bequest.

Claims that there is no such thing as a victimless crime were undermined audaciously by a handful of Irish university students in London 65 years ago (...)

Woman at Her Toilette, 1875-80, Art Institute of Chicago

There is nothing new about creative women being slighted by male-dominated institutions. But in recent decades, there developed a tendency to exaggera(...)

Mary Cassatt: critics have compared her Little Girl in a Blue Armchair to Balthus’s controversial Thérèse Dreaming. Photograph courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

In her native United States Mary Cassatt is a well-known and much-loved painter. But in France, where Cassatt spent more than three-quarters of her lo(...)

Bacchante with a Panther:  a nude woman in the style of Giorgione and Titian dangles a dead bird before a leopard ridden by a naked child.

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875) died soon after the Impressionists began exhibiting together, but his influence on the movement is undeniable.(...)

A detail from Gilbert Alexandre de Séverac’s Portrait de Claude Monet (1865). Courtesy of Musée marmottan Monet, Paris

Claude Monet left the Channel port town of Le Havre for Paris in 1859, at the age of 19. His father, a ship’s chandler, was dubious about young Claude(...)

 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(...)

Detail from ‘Dancers Resting’ by Edgar Degas: ‘The dancers’ faces are simian masks.’ Heritage Foundation, Lausanne

A debate as old as Impressionism itself has been revived by an exhibition taking place this spring and summer in Giverny, the Mecca of the movement(...)

April 1874. Crowds gather outside Nadar’s studio in the Boulevard des Capucines, lent by the photographer for the first Impressionist exhibitio(...)

Love and marriage: a detail of Manet’s Olympia, depicting Victorine Meurent. Photograph: Musée d’Orsay

Victorine Meurent lived in 19th-century Paris, Angela del Moro in 16th-century Venice. Both courtesans are believed to have had affairs with the artis(...)

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