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Victorian Era painters, paintings and famous Artists

The Victorian era brings to mind fashion, luxury, elegant settings, wealth, romanticism, magnificence, high moralities, and values as well as lush décor. These, however, were just the trappings of that society. The Victorian era is a product of a lot more than just these above mentioned tangible things.


Victorian-era painting characteristics

Classicism, Neo-Classicism, Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Romanticism, were the major isms that made up the Victorian age that has been talked about so much and what makes it so remarkable.

Classicism can be defined as anything done with accuracy and objectivity. The painters mastering in Classicism would paint with such precision and intricate detail. The paintings of this genre were a window into the everyday world which could be observed with a little patience and understanding.


In contrast to Classicism, Romanticism was a very freewheeling and individualistic expression of the artist’s impression and view of the world, person, object and even feelings. It mainly centered on spontaneity, emotions and high drama. Romantic painters often used a palette of bright and vibrant colors.

The impressionist school of art emerged during the latter half of the nineteenth century, England. Impressionism was basically the play of light on various objects and how it the color and perception changed with different angles of light thrown on it.

The post-impressionist school of thought sought to fill up the gaps that impression left a void. This included photography, design, and architecture. The post-impressionist artists embraced new technologies and applied it to art.

Raphael was an eminent artist of the Renaissance period. The Pre-Raphaelite movement was a throwback to the styles of art and painting prevalent before Raphaels time. Dante Rossetti and William Hunt were the forerunners of this movement.

They aspired to get back to the style of art before that of Raphaels became known. They worked to avoid the influences and methods of the industrial revolution as also to get away from the conventional and the now rigid rules of art and painting. They created art from nature and natural phenomenon. These paintings looked like a photograph to a very large degree because of their detailed and intricate work.

They tried to infuse a little bit of William Shakespeare and other authors of that age. Another one of the pre-Raphaelite artists was John William Waterhouse. Another famous painter to note is John Collier.

Eugene Delacroix, another painter of the Romantic school of thought, painted the famous Liberty Leading the People which was done in flashy colours.

The impressionist painters were: Monet, who was and is still world renowned, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Camille Pisarro. The post-impressionists were Paul Cezanne, Paul Gaughin and Vinvent Van Gogh.

Paintings of the Romantic school often depicted dramatic events in brilliant color, as epitomized in Eugene Delacroix’s renowned Liberty Leading the People. Impressionism, a school of painting that developed in the late 19th century, was characterized by transitory visual expressions that focused on the changing effects of light and color.

Impressionist painters include Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pisarro. Reacting to the limitations of Impressionism, painters such as Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin developed a style which was later categorized as Post-Impressionism.

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The Victorian Era, which spanned from 1837 to 1901, was a time of great artistic achievement throughout Europe. Here’s a country-wise breakdown of some of the most famous painters from that era:

United Kingdom:

  1. Sir John Everett Millais (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood)
  2. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood)
  3. William Holman Hunt (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood)
  4. James Whistler
  5. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
  6. Ford Madox Brown
  7. John William Waterhouse
  8. Edward Burne-Jones
  9. William Morris (also known for design and crafts)
  10. J.M.W. Turner (earlier in the era)

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  1. Édouard Manet
  2. Edgar Degas
  3. Camille Pissarro: A leading figure in the Impressionist movement.
  4. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  5. Paul Cézanne
  6. Gustave Courbet
  7. Jean-François Millet
  8. Henri Fantin-Latour
  9. James Tissot
  10. Gustave Moreau
  11. Etienne Maurice Falconet was one of the most celebrated sculptors of his age
  12. Henri Fantin Latour was a French painter as well as a lithographer


  1. Caspar David Friedrich (early part of the era)
  2. Adolph Menzel
  3. Arnold Böcklin
  4. Hans Thoma
  5. Wilhelm Leibl
  6. Franz von Lenbach
  7. Ludwig Knaus
  8. Wilhelm von Kaulbach
  9. Carl Spitzweg
  10. Anselm Feuerbach


  1. Giovanni Boldini
  2. Antonio Canova (primarily a sculptor, but influential in the art world)
  3. Francesco Hayez
  4. Telemaco Signorini
  5. Giovanni Segantini
  6. Vittorio Corcos
  7. Federico Zandomeneghi
  8. Antonio Mancini
  9. Domenico Morelli
  10. Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo


    1. Anders Zorn
    2. Carl Larsson
    3. Bruno Liljefors
    4. Richard Bergh
    5. Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke
    6. Carl Fredrik Hill
    7. Georg Pauli
    8. Julia Beck
    9. Hanna Pauli
    10. Gustaf Cederström

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