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Frédéric Bazille the Impressionist Gentleman

Frédéric Bazille

Bazille, a French impressionist painter who died at a very young age during a battle of the Franco Prussiana war, was born in Montpellier in 1841 into a wealthy family of Protestant profession.

He decided to study medicine and moved to Paris in 1862, where, despite the disapproval of his parents, he abandoned his university studies to paint. It was precisely by following his painting lessons that he met Pierre Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, who often met in his studio in the Batignolles district. Initially, the group of Impressionists was called "The School of the Batignolles". He also gave birth to Manet and Berthe Morisot, and also made friends with them and shared his passion for painting.

Renoir and Monet particularly admired the performances in the open air, but his subjects were well defined and the attention to detail evident. He succeeded in merging the human figure with the surrounding landscape in a single image. His style was refined and made mature during his stays in the house owned by his family in Méric, on the river Lez, near Montpellier, where he painted famous paintings, such as The roses roses in 1864 and Family Reunion of 1867. In his canvases he tried to bring together the rules of classical painting, which he loved so much in Delacroix, with the novelties of the Impressionist style. He enlisted voluntarily in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 and died prematurely in combat that same year.

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Bathers Summer Scene

The original work, also known as "Summer Scene", is dated 1869 and is kept at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. The...

Family reunion

The original work is dated 1867 and is kept at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Bazille was very attached to his affections and, taking advantage of a...

The Ramparts at Aigues-Mortes

The original work by Frederic Bazille is dated 1867 and is kept at the National Gallery of Art, Paul Mellon's Collection, in Washington, USA. In...

Bazille's Studio

The original work by Frederic Bazille is dated 1870 and is kept at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. In this painting we can see the relationship of...