Frederic Bazille images and biography
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Frederic Bazille

See also: Impressionism


"Bazille was a French painter associated with the Impressionists. He was born into a wealthy family in Montpelier. After beginning a medical career in Paris (1862), he began to study painting part-time with Gleyre where he met Renoir, with whom he shared a studio, Monet and Sisley. Through them he met Manet, and he worked with the Impressionists at Honfleur in 1864. He also painted at Barbizon in 1863. He gave up medicine in 1865 and shared a studio with Monet. His career was cut short by the Franco-Prussian war in which he fought and died. He was interested in plein air painting, but of figures rather than pure landscape, and his work is of interest for its exploration of the effects of light on flesh tones (e.g. Family on the Terrace, 1867, Paris, Musee d'Orsay). Much of his work retained a high finish and dark palette (e.g. Negro Woman and Peonies, 1870, Montpellier Musee Fabre). He was also a portraitist and recorder of the Impressionist scene (e.g. Studio in the Rue de la Condamini, 1870, Paris, Musee d'Orsay)."

- From The Bulfinch Guide to Art History

Frederic Bazille Images

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c. 1866-67 Le Petit Jardinier (The Little Gardener)
1867 Portrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1869 Summer Scene
c. 1869-70 La Toilette
1870 Paysage au bord du Lez
1870 Bazille's Studio; 9 rue de la Condamine

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