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Suzanne Valadon

(September 23, 1865 – April 7, 1938) French By the age of ten, Suzanne Valadon began working a variety of jobs, including waitressing, selling vegetables, and circus performing until pursuing interests in art. She first worked for artists as a model, then after observation, self-taught herself drawing and painting. Edgar Degas is notably the first…

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Dora Maar

Dora Maar was a French photographer, painter, and poet active during the surrealist movement in the 1930s. While she is widely known as a muse to Pablo Picasso and model for Man Ray, she herself was an active and prominent member of the Parisian avant-garde. Her body of work includes commercial photography, documentary photography, and…

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Marguerite Gérard

Marguerite Gérard was a French artist, best known for her success with genre art. Born in Grasse, she moved to Paris to live with her sister, Marie-Anne Fragonard, and her sister’s husband, Jean-Honoré Fragonard at the Louvre. While at the Louvre, she became familiar with a plethora of art and began to train under the…

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Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle was a French artist who originally began making art as a form of therapy but eventually became a member of the Nouveau Realismé movement and a well known feminist artist. Her famous “nanas” are a series of life-sized papier maché dolls that depict women of different sizes, shapes, and colors doing…

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Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel was a French sculptor. She first studied at the Académie Colarossi under Alfred Boucher, before meeting and subsequently working under Auguste Rodin. As her mentor, confidante and lover, Rodin became a large influence throughout Claudel’s works of art. Claudel’s interpretations and designs were daring, fusing sexuality, and non-conventional gender norms. Her unconventionality and…

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Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois was a French-born artist who spent the majority of her adult life working in New York. Throughout her career, she explored various media between painting, printing, and installations of all types, but her work consistently maintained themes of loneliness, anger, jealousy, and fear. She exhibited with the Abstract Expressionists, but her work also…

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Marie-Guillemine Benoist

Born in Paris, Marie’s father encouraged her to make her own way. She studied in the atelier of the preeminent artist of the time, Jacque-Louis David. She exhibited in the Salon de Paris and her painting “Portrait of Madeleine” was acquired by King Louis the 18th. Her neoclassical style focuses on historical and mythological figures…

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Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur was born into a French family of painters. The family moved to Paris in 1828, where Bonheur grew up. Always rebellious and unruly, traditional education was not suited to her. However, the arts interested her deeply, as did the natural world. At the age of twelve, after a failed apprenticeship, Rosa began working…

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Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay (November 14, 1885 – December 5, 1979) was a Jewish-French artist who, with her husband Robert Delaunay and others, cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. Her work extends to painting, textile design and stage set design. She was the first living female artist to…

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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French: [ʒɑ̃ ogyst dɔminik ɛ̃ɡʁ]; 29 August 1780 – 14 January 1867) was a French Neoclassical painter. Although he considered himself to be a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres’s portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized…

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Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas (French: [ilɛʁ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ ɛdɡɑʁ dəɡɑ]; US /deɪˈɡɑː/ or UK /ˈdeɪɡɑː/); born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas; (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded…

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Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot (January 14, 1841 – March 2, 1895) was a painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris who became known as the Impressionists. She was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt. In 1864, she exhibited…

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Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 – 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of Les Nabis. | From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

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Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne (US /seɪˈzæn/ or UK /sɨˈzæn/; French: [pɔl sezan]; 1839–1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne can be said to form the bridge between…

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Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David (Listeni/ʒɑːkˈlwi ˈdɑːviːd/; French: [ʒak lwi david]) (30 August 1748 – 29 December 1825) was an influential French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent painter of the era. In the 1780s his cerebral brand of history painting marked a change in taste away from Rococo frivolity toward a classical austerity…

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Jean-François Millet

Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 – January 20, 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers; he can be categorized as part of the movements of Realism and Naturalism. | From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia under the…

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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French: [ʒɑ̃ ba.tist ka.mij kɔ.ʁo]; July 16, 1796 – February 22, 1875) was a French landscape painter and printmaker in etching. Corot was the leading painter of the Barbizon school of France in the mid-nineteenth century. He is a pivotal figure in landscape painting and his vast output simultaneously references the Neo-Classical tradition…

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Paul Signac

Paul Victor Jules Signac (French: [pɔl siɲak]; 11 November 1863 – 15 August 1935) was a French neo-impressionist painter who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the pointillist style. | From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

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Edouard Manet

Édouard Manet (US /mæˈneɪ/ or UK /ˈmæneɪ/; French: [edwaʁ manɛ]; 23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883) was a French painter. One of the first 19th-century artists to approach modern and postmodern-life subjects, he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner…

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Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte (French: [ɡystav kɑjbɔt]; 19 August 1848 – 21 February 1894) was a French painter, member and patron of the group of artists known as Impressionists, though he painted in a much more realistic manner than many other artists in the group. Caillebotte was noted for his early interest in photography as an art…

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Claude Monet

Claude Monet (French: [klod mɔnɛ] or [mɔne]; 14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting…

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Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun

Élisabeth Louise Vigée LeBrun was a French artist and considered one of the great portrait artists of her day. Throughout her lifetime, she created over 660 portraits and 200 landscapes. Her works are owned by major museums including the Louvre, National Gallery in Washington D.C., Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in addition to…

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Henri Rousseau

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (French: [ɑ̃ʁi ʒyljɛ̃ feliks ʁuso]; May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910) was a French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer), a humorous description of his occupation as a toll collector. Ridiculed during his lifetime, he came to be…

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Eugène Delacroix

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (French: [ø.ʒɛn də.la.kʁwa]; 26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. Delacroix’s use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists,…

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Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy (French: [ʁa.ul dyˈfi]; 3 June 1877 – 23 March 1953) was a French Fauvist painter. He developed a colorful, decorative style that became fashionable for designs of ceramics and textiles, as well as decorative schemes for public buildings. He is noted for scenes of open-air social events. He was also a draftsman, printmaker,…

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Alix Grès

Alix Grès, born Germaine Émilie Krebs, and also known as Madame Grès, was a 20th century French costume and fashion designer. Formally trained in sculpture and painting, Grès’s elegant garments often make use of dramatic and sculptural folds. These Greco-inspired gowns could take up to three hundred hours to complete and were deeply attentive to…

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Valérie Belin

The French artist Valérie Belin is best known for her work which balances representation and abstraction through photography. Her manipulation of photographs and popular imagery addresses themes of beauty and femininity in relation to reality and myth.

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Auguste Rodin

François-Auguste-René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917), known as Auguste Rodin (/oʊˈɡuːst roʊˈdæn/ oh-GOOST roh-DAN; French: [oɡyst ʁɔdɛ̃]), was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture,he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and…

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