Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867)

28 04 2017

There is way to much misfortune in this artist’s life.

Rousseau then suffered a series of misfortunes. His wife, who had been a source of constant anxiety for years, became almost hopelessly insane; his aged father became dependent on him for pecuniary assistance; his patrons were few. Moreoever, while he was temporarily absent with his invalid wife, a youth living in his home (a friend of his family) committed suicide in his Barbizon cottage; when he visited the Alps in 1863, making sketches of Mont Blanc, he became dangerously ill with inflammation of the lungs; and when he returned to Barbizon he suffered from insomnia and became gradually weakened.





just to see her walk away

28 04 2017

just to see her walk away





Constant Troyon (1810-1865)

27 04 2017

As a youth I spent  hours on my grandfather’s farm watching the cows. They were such huge beasts and seemed completely oblivious to my presence. One day I walked out into the pasture to pet what I thought was a cow. My uncle came out to get me. He had a hammer in his hand. It was the farm’s prize bull and very dangerous.





you’d think someone had died

27 04 2017

you'd think someone had died





Honoré Daumier (1808-1879)

26 04 2017




hell has its own reasons

26 04 2017

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Eugène Isabey (1803-1886)

26 04 2017

Paintings that almost make you seasick.