It's usually thought of as being the birth of the modern. Lots of wild, savage gestures. Crude daubs, howls, transgressions.the victorian aesthetic is gross in general.
its amazing to think that the 1800's was a whole century without a single person producing anything of any artistic merit.
One of my faves is Whistler and I think you've got a lot of his life right. The things you've missed out: be a total fraud/scoundrel and a test to your apprentices so that your legacy is protected.when you look up your favourite musicians, poets, authors or painters from the 18th or 19th century and dig into their lives you find so often that they lived like some sort of vagabonds. not always poor, but often so. they go and roam from early age on, live in a shack in france, being fed by an old lady who recognizes the talent. do some sort of apprenticeship under the supervision of some skilled master in italy. form alliances, break up alliances, fight duels. it always feels like they have lived a 100 years in just 10 years. i'm always wondering what would be the modern equivalent of that sort of life. an artist residency in new york?