A-Level: Sample set of works for the British and French Avante-Garde


This is an example of a set of works that can be used for the period of the British and French Avant-Garde (1848-1899).

The links associated with the objects listed below have been curated by Smarthistory, and include museum pages and other resources that we think are particularly helpful.

(SP) denotes specified painters

(SS) denotes specified sculptors


Painting of working life

Gustave Courbet, The Stonebreakers

Ford Madox Brown, Work


Painting of leisure

Edgar Degas, At the Races in the Countryside

William Frith, The Derby Day


Religious painting

Paul Gauguin, Vision after the Sermon

William Holman Hunt, The Light of the World (SP)


Mythological or literary works

Alexandre Cabanel, The Birth of Venus

Auguste Rodin, Orpheus and Eurydice (SS)

William Holman Hunt, Isabella and the Pot of Basil (SP)


The female figure

Edouard Manet, Olympia

Frederic Leighton, Bath of Psyche


Landscape painting

Claude Monet, Autumn Effect at Argenteuil

William Holman Hunt, Our English Coasts (SP)


Commemorative sculpture

Auguste Rodin, The Burghers of Calais (SS)

Auguste Rodin, Monument to Balzac (SS)

Gilbert Scott, Albert Memorial


Public architecture

Charles Garnier, The Paris Opera

Joseph Paxton, The Crystal Palace


Domestic architecture

Hector Guimard, Castel Beranger

William Morris and Philip Webb, The Red House

Cite this page as: Smarthistory, "A-Level: Sample set of works for the British and French Avante-Garde," in Smarthistory, August 17, 2017, accessed May 23, 2018, https://smarthistory.org/a-level-sample-works-british-french-avante-garde/.