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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Édouard Manet

The influence of this French artist can be described as pivotal in art history, and that’s not an understatement. Édouard Manet (1832-1883) was never meant to become a painter but his desire was so strong that even his stubborn father eventually gave in. This was a great decision because he became the source of inspiration …

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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Odilon Redon

Many artists of the 19th century completely switched their styles to experiment with new emerging trends. Very few did so radically as this French artist. Odilon Redon (1840-1916) not only abandoned the style that made him successful in the 1880s, he also chose to use a different medium altogether. It was a good choice because …

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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Georges Seurat

A young French artist attempted to master a revolutionary new painting technique. He ended up producing one of the most influential paintings of the late 19th century. Georges Pierre Seurat (1859-1891) was a Post-Impressionist artist who was extremely determined to make a name for himself. Little did he know that he would change the course …

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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Jean-Antoine Watteau

The Baroque era was fading in France in the late 17th century. A more classical version of the usually overly theatrical Baroque was preferred during the reign of King Louis XIV. One particular French artist managed to revive the ideals of the 17th-century Baroque artists and transform them into a completely new era of frivolous …

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Top 12 Interesting Facts about Nicolas Poussin

The Baroque era emerged in the 17th century, and one of the leading French artists of this period lived and worked most of his professional career in Rome. Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) managed to incorporate a classical style into the overly dramatic Baroque paintings that Baroque artists produced at the time. This notion made him one …

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