March – Edward Lear settles at his villa in Sanremo.
Spring – James McNeill Whistler publishes Sixteen etchings of scenes on the Thames and paints his first "moonlights" (later called "nocturnes") of the river.
c. May – James Tissot flees Paris for London.
June 14 – Camille Pissarro marries his mistress Julie Vellay in the London borough of Croydon and moves to Pontoise.
Summer – Claude Monet visits Zaandam.
December – Monet and his wife Camille move to Argenteuil.
William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti become tenants of Kelmscott Manor, which they share with Jane Morris.
Marie Spartali marries William James Stillman.
Edwin B. Crocker establishes the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California.
Frederic Edwin Church – The Parthenon
Antonio Ciseri – Ecce Homo
Thomas Eakins – Max Schmitt in a Single Scull
Martin Johnson Heade – Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds
Frank Holl – No Tidings from the Sea
Daniel Huntington – The Narrows, Lake George
Eastman Johnson – The Old Stagecoach
Ivan Kramskoi – The Mermaids
The Harbour at Bordeaux (E.G. Bührle collection, Zürich)
The Barricade (Civil War) (Szepmuveseti Muzeum, Budapest)
John Everett Millais – Victory O Lord!
Claude Monet – A Windmill at Zaandam
Albert Joseph Moore – Sea Gulls
Camille Pissarro – Lordship Lane Station, Upper Norwood
Vinnie Ream – Abraham Lincoln (marble, United States Capitol rotunda, Washington, D.C.)
Randolph Rogers – Abraham Lincoln (bronze, Philadelphia)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Amanda Sidwall – Self-portrait
George Blackall Simonds – The Falconer sculpture
At the city wall: "Let them in!"
The Apotheosis of War
George Frederic Watts – Portrait of Frederic Leighton
Alfred Waud – A Home on the Mississippi
James McNeill Whistler
Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 ("Whistler's Mother")
Nocturne: Blue and Silver – Chelsea
Symphony in Grey: Early Morning, Thames
Variations in Pink And Grey – Chelsea
Variations in Violet and Green – Chelsea
January 27 – Samuel Peploe, painter (died 1935)
March 2 – Albert Herter, painter (died 1950)
March 9 – Granville Redmond, painter (died 1935)
April 11 – Theodor Pallady, painter (died 1956)
May ? – Elinor Darwin, née Monsell, engraver and portrait painter (died 1954)
May 1 – Miklós Ligeti, sculptor (died 1944)
May 27 – Georges Rouault, Expressionist painter and stained glass artist (died 1958)
July 24 – Giacomo Balla, painter (died 1958)
August 22 – Émile André, architect and designer (died 1933)
October 26 – Guillermo Kahlo, photographer (died 1941)
date unknown – Peter Moog, outsider artist (died 1930)
January 1 – Alexander Munro, Pre-Raphaelite sculptor (born 1825)
January 14 – Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala, painter (b. 1841)
January 18 – Sir George Hayter, English painter, specialising in portraits (born 1792)
January 19 – Henri Regnault, painter (born 1843)
February 8 – Moritz von Schwind, painter (born 1804)
February 20 – Paul Kane, Irish-Canadian painter (born 1810)
February 26 – Sophia Hawthorne, painter and illustrator (born 1809)
March 3 – Michael Thonet, furniture designer (born 1796)
March – Emma Fürstenhoff, Swedish florist (born 1802)
April 24 – Charles Girardet, painter (born 1813)
June 9 – Anna Atkins, botanist and pioneer photographer (born 1799)
July 30 – Edwin Wilkins Field, lawyer and painter (born 1804)
October 14 – Johan Frederik Møller, Danish painter and photographer (born 1797)
December 9 – Josef Mánes, painter (born 1820)
December 21 – Paul Guigou, painter (born 1834)
Johann Fischbach, painter of landscapes and genre arts (born 1797)
Emma Eleonora Kendrick, British miniature painter (born 1788)
1871 in art Wikipedia
Events from the year 1871 in art.