March 3, 2016

Painting With The Girls 63

March 3, 2016.

Day 63 (303 days to go)




Cat on Blue Rug

Postcard watercolor, collage 5X7 Matted


With the discovery of Pompeii, many artists were influenced by the classic paintings found in the excavations. A great example was Ingres, who studied the frescoes with Telephus found in the Basilica of Herculaneum in 1760, and kept the neoclassical style throughout his career.

Influenced by the Romantic Movement in the 19th century, painters overlooked the style, but focused on the tragedy of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Plays, writings and poetry explored this dramatic theme.

Many artists flocked to Pompeii to visit the ruins and sketched them. This kind of work was considered a study, or unfinished work or even used later as a backdrop for another painting. The popularity of outdoor painting (plein air) increased, and sentimental views of country life emerged as a response to the new industrial age.

Frescoe in Herculaneum

Madame Moitessier Seated        Ingres

The Last Day of Pompeii, Karl Bryullov, 1830-33

Christen Købke, The Forum, Pompeii with Vesuvius in the Distance, mid-19th century