Frédéric Bazille a famous French artist

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Frédéric Bazille, Family reunion.

Frédéric Bazille a famous French artist, a harbinger of the Impressionist era

Frederic Bazille famous French artist, who is considered one of the founders of impressionism. Frederic Bazille’s paintings are filled with light and warmth, the flow of life is felt in them. The artist’s work cannot be called an example of impressionism, but his works are very close to this style.

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Bbiography

Frederic Bazille was born on December 6, 1841 in the city of Montpellier in France. As the child of a wealthy winemaker, he never needed money. The boy received a good education, in his lyceum years he loved to visit the Fabre Museum. Frederic Bazille was drawn to art, but his parents wanted his son to become a doctor. Therefore, at the age of 18, in order not to upset his mother and father, the young man began to study medicine. Three years later, he moved to Paris for further studies.

The makeshift bed of a sufferer a wounded Monet.
The makeshift bed of a sufferer a wounded Monet.

But Frederic did not forget about his desires: the young man enrolled in the workshop of Charles Gleyre in order to simultaneously comprehend the subtleties of painting. Basil’s friends were Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet. Initially, Frederic Bazille did not like Renoir. Auguste considered him an upstart aristocrat and snob, but this did not prevent them from becoming great friends later.

Only Frederick was not constrained in funds he was financially supported by his parents. Basil was kind and generous, willingly treated his friends, helped them with money and housing. Once he bought a painting from Monet, giving 2500 francs for it a huge amount of money at that time. The goal was noble: just to support a friend.

Terrace in America.
Terrace in America.

Frederick combined painting and training at the medical academy, until in 1864 he failed the current exams. Then I had to tell my parent that he did not want to be a doctor, but wanted to devote himself to art. Mother and father were not happy with this turn, but agreed with the son’s choice, continuing to help him.

The artist rented a studio, but he liked to work more in nature, depicting a person against the backdrop of beautiful views. Bright sunlight, saturated colors notes of impressionism are visible in the painter’s paintings. Classical features were also present in the works: the artist depicted not the fleetingness of impressions, but the weight and volume of each object.

African woman with peonies.
African woman with peonies.

In 1866, the master sent his work to the Paris Salon for the first time, and since then he has done so every year.

Not all works were accepted, but some paintings were even hung in a prominent place. Frederic Bazille had big plans, but the Franco-Prussian war did not allow his plans to be realized.

In August 1870, the artist volunteered for the front, and on November 28 he was killed in battle. Basil died young, not having lived a week before his 29th birthday. If not for the war, he could have become one of the greatest impressionists.

Frédéric Bazille ARTIST'S WORKSHOP, CONDEMNED STREET, 1870.
ARTIST’S WORKSHOP, CONDEMNED STREET, 1870.
Frédéric Bazille PINK DRESS – VIEW OF CASTELLO LES LEZ HEROLS.
PINK DRESS – VIEW OF CASTELLO LES LEZ HEROLS.
Frédéric Bazille The Little Gardener, c.1866 67.
The Little Gardener, c.1866 67.
Frédéric Bazille Flowers.
Flowers.
Frédéric Bazille Workshop on Furstenberg street.
Workshop on Furstenberg street.
Frédéric Bazille Beach at Sainte Adresse, 1865, oil on canvas, High Art Museum in Atlanta, USA.
Beach at Sainte Adresse, 1865, oil on canvas, High Art Museum in Atlanta, USA.
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