Early – Pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon is arrested in a public urinal in London and convicted and fined for gross indecency.
May – Vincent van Gogh is re-located to London by his employer, the art dealers Goupil & Cie.
World exhibition in Vienna.
Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and Sisley organize the Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artistes Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs, etc. for the purpose of exhibiting artworks independently.
The collection forming the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria is moved to the Palazzo dei Priori, Perugia.
New Accademia delle Arti del Disegno established in Florence.
Leslie Ward, as "Spy", begins producing caricatures for the British magazine Vanity Fair.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Nymphs and Satyr
Edward Burne-Jones – Love Among the Ruins
Alexandre Cabanel – La Comtesse de Keller
Gustave Caillebotte – Nude woman lying on a couch
Philip Hermogenes Calderon – Letter From Daddy
Walter Crane – Shelley's Tomb in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome
Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville – The Last Cartridges (Les dernières cartouches)
Edgar Degas – A Cotton Office in New Orleans
Hans Gude – Nødhavn Ved Norskekysten
Winslow Homer – The Boat Builders
William Holman Hunt – The Shadow of Death
Rudolf Koller – Gotthardpost
Le Bon Bock ("The Good Pint") (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
The Railway ("The Gare Saint-Lazare") (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)
Jan Matejko – Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God
Pál Szinyei Merse – Picnic in May (National Gallery of Hungary, Budapest)
The Artist's House at Argenteuil
Camille Monet on a Garden Bench
Albert Joseph Moore – Follow-my-Leader
Camille Pissarro – Self-portrait
Ilya Repin – Barge Haulers on the Volga
Heinrich Strack – Berlin Victory Column
James McNeill Whistler – Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle
January 28 – Charles Sims, English painter (suicide 1928)
February 14 – Albert Guillaume, French painter and caricaturist (died 1942)
April 3 – Rista Vukanović, Serbian Impressionist painter and husband of painter Beta Vukanović (died 1918)
April 4 – Élie Faure, French art historian (died 1937)
April 24 – André Bauchant, French painter (died 1958)
May 10 – Carl Eldh, Swedish painter and sculptor (died 1954)
July 6 – Ethel Sands, American-born painter (died 1962)
July 7 – Albert Moulton Foweraker, English painter (died 1942)
October 12 – Nadežda Petrović, Serbian Fauvist painter (died 1915)
date unknown – Jane Emmet de Glehn, American painter (died 1961)
April 17 – Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter, engraver and silhouettist (born 1783)
April 28 – Giovanni Maria Benzoni, Italian sculptor (born 1809)
May 13 – Konstantin Danil, renowned Serbian painter (born 1798)
May 19 – Charles Lucy, English painter (born 1814)
July 8 – Franz Xaver Winterhalter, German painter (born 1805)
October 2 – Cornelius Varley, English watercolor painter (born 1881)
October 9 – John Evan Thomas, Welsh sculptor (born 1810)
November 25 – Hans Harder, Danish painter and drawing master (born 1792)
November 27 – Edmund Thomas Parris, English historical, portrait, subject, and panorama painter, book illustrator, designer and art restorer (born 1793)
December 9 – William Bent Berczy, painter and political figure in Upper Canada (born 1791)
Nikola Aleksić, Serbian portraitist in both the Biedermeier and Nazarene movement (born 1808)
Thomas Frank Heaphy, English miniature painter (born 1813)
Ignatius Josephus van Regemorter, Flemish historical, landscape, and genre painter and engraver (born 1785)
1873 in art Wikipedia
Events from the year 1873 in art.