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Narrative Painting

  Narrative painting was a form of 19th-century European salon painting in which narrative played the key role. To represent their sentimental and novella-ish themes, narrative painters invariably employed a ‘window-onto-the-world’ structure (as if the beholder is seated in a theatre), with the accent on legibility, academic handling of paint and an attention to circumstantial detail. Narrative painting (which frequently drew inspiration from contemporary literature) was the antithesis of the (later) modernist interest in surface abstraction which draws attention to the processes of painting. Leading exponents of the genre included Baudry, Delaroche, Landseer and Wilkie. PD MG  



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