The late 19th century is one of my favorite periods for art. Not only were a great many of my favorite artists active in that time but I’m constantly discovering artists from the period who are wonderful and new to me.
Wikimedia Commons, that cornucopia of images provided by the Wikimedia Foundation, has a number of wonderful ways to explore images, such as lists of artwork by medium, artist, subject, location, genre, and time period.
One of the the choices I favor for exploring is Paintings by Year. In particular, I find I can choose almost any year in the late 19th or early 20th century and hit paydirt right away.
I posted an article like this previously in which I featured a few paintings from 1879.
This time I picked 1880. To keep it simple and make it easy for those interested to find larger reproductions of the paintings shown, I’ve limited myself to works accessible from these two Wikimedia Commons pages: 1880 paintings and 1880 oil on canvas paintings.
You can find jumping off points on those pages that will take you right down the rabbit hole into wonderland, so I will issue my customary Timesink Warning.
(Images above, with links to Lines and Colors posts: Thomas Eakins, Claude Monet, Frank Duveneck, Julien Dupré, Arnold Böcklin, Carl Rudolf Huber, Edouard Manet, Frans Wilhelm Odelmark, Helen Allingham, Gustave Caillebotte, Gustav Schönleber, Emile Auguste Carlous-Duran)