Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
The French painter who exhibited little in his lifetime and pursued his interests increasingly in artistic isolation, is regarded today as one of the great forerunners of modern painting.
Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Initially planned a career as a lawyer. However, he began to paint after an acute attack of appendicitis and then proceeded to become a leader in many art circles.
J M W Turner (1775-1851)
This English painter was one of the greatest romantic interpreters of nature in the history of Western art and is still unrivaled in the virtuosity of his painting of light.
John Constable (1776-1837)
Tried to capture informally the effects of changing light and the patterns of clouds moving across the country sky. He loved the countryside, and his best work was of outdoor scenes in his native Suffolk and his London home in Hampstead.
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Monet's concern was to reflect the influence of light on a subject. He never abandoned his Impressionist painting style until his death in 1926 when Fauvism and Cubism were en vogue and when abstract painting came into existence.