|Rubens' Four Continents (circa 1615)|
|Fragonard's The Swing (1767)|
Throughout this period, English painters were doing their own thing, with a heavy focus on portraiture. The two leading English portrait artists in the 1700s were Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds. A drunken bet between the two rivals led to the creation of Gainsborough's The Blue
|Gainsborough's The Blue Boy (circa 1770)|
Next week's class will focus more narrowly on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. I am looking forward to the tidbits that Rosalie will share about paintings that are more familiar to me than what we've covered so far. Stay tuned!