Times are gone when artists and painters were not regarded for their work. But not today, things have changed for the better. In these times and ages, these personalities are considered as people of high regard and well appreciated no matter their status now, alive or belonging to historical times.
In the history of France, there have been such great painters and artists whose works of art have had significance for many generations, as symbols of an important part of history or just great masterpieces of art that are works of great skill, talent, and gift.
Below are the top 9 Most Famous & Greatest French Artists And Painters Ever
9. VINCENT VAN GOGH
Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in a place called Groot Zundert. He had a challenging life because he struggled with some mental illness, poverty and almost virtually unknown throughout his entire life save for his work that gave him an identity. He was a post-impressionist painter whose works were identified because of its beauty, emotion, and color, which significantly influenced the 20th-century art. He is also known for his boldness and vivid paintings. Vincent van Gogh passed on in France on 29th July 1890 at 37, from a gunshot.
8. CAMILLE PISSARRO
Camille Pissarro, born on July 10, 1830, moved to Paris as a young lad and began trying out or experimenting with art, eventually helping to shape the impressionist movement with some of his fellows amongst others including Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. Camille Pissarro was a French landscape artist well recognized for his impact on both impressionist and postimpressionist paintings. In 1849, Camille Pissarro was introduced to an artist of the Danish origin by the name Fritz Melbye, who played a big role in encouraging him in his artistic endeavors. He lived with this impact until November 13, 1903, when he passed on while in Paris. His finest and most known works include Jalais Hill, Pontoise, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York all common with broad paintings (occasionally with a palette knife), and naturalism originating from Courbet, though with signs of impressionist palette. Camille Pissarro belonged to the class of the highly influencing and best of all times painters who worked on new and unique styles in his artwork that could give an edge to his career.
7. EDOUARD MANET
EdouardManet lived between 1832 (born in Paris, France) to 1883. Art was Manet’s fascination from a young age against the interest of his parents which he eventually managed to pursue in an art school and studied it in Europe. He is remembered for his great and impactful contribution to the schools of impressionism and realism. His paintings were great and very innovative, which he transformed from his artwork of impression in a way to give them a super and modern look. ‘The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia’ is one of the most famous and greatest masterpieces done by Manet. He passed on as one of the most respected and known revolutionary artists.
6. EUGENE DELACROIX
Eugene Delacroix, a French artist, was born on 26th April 1798 and lived through to 13th August 1863. His romantic artworks and paintings gave him a great identity. He worked as a painter too, and a muralist whose use of expressive brushstrokes and his knowledge in optical effects of color completely and strongly shaped the work of the impressionists yet on the other side, his love for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist class or movement. Eugene was a diverse artist, hence, as a lithographer, he went ahead to illustrate various other works done by William Shakespeare, Walter Scott from Scotland and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from Germany. Amongst others, Eugene’s famous artworks include the death of Sardanapalus-1827, The Massacre at Chios-1824 and Liberty Leading the People-1830.
5. PAUL CEZANNE
Paul is another of the most amazing and talented painter and skillful artist of the post-impressionist era who was born on January 19, 1839(Aix-en-Provence) and lived until October 22, 1906. Paul began his career in the impressionist molds but later and gradually developed himself as an innovative artist whose best artworks came to be in the 19th century. His works of art were highly characterized by the often repetitive and exploratory brushstrokes; he used planes of color and small brushstrokes that came together to form some complex fields which communicated his deep study of subjects. Paul is said to have been the one who built the bridge between the late 19th-century artwork and the early 20th-century new line of artwork inquiry which others artists recognized and remarked Paul Cezanne as ‘the father of us all.’ Cezanne famous artworks include, ‘The Card Players-1895, The Large Bathers-1898, and Still Life with Apples 1895.’
4. CHARLES-FRANCOIS DAUBIGNY
Charles is highly and most remembered for his traditional landscape paintings which would impress the people around him with his unique artworks. Born on 15th February 1817 in France and lived for 61 years, Charles is considered a famous artist of all time who was a vital precursor of impressionism. His most famous works before his demise were, Springtime (1857), Borde de la Cure (1864), Auvers-Sur-Oise (1868) and many others. The French government named him as an officer of the Legion of Honor because of his outstanding work.
3. AUGUSTE RENOIR
August not the month of the year but August Renoir the famous painter played a key role in the growth and development of the impressionist artworks. He was born in 1841 and passed on in 1919 having lived a legacy in the artwork. The Luncheon of Boating Party (1881), Bal du Moulin de la Galette (1876) and Two Sisters (On the Terrace) (1881) are some of Renoirs great artworks.
2. CLAUDE MONET
He is regarded as one of the most influential painters of the 18th century. His works were so much influenced by the works of seniors but later developed his works that included among others, ’Sunrise and Impression. Born on 14th November 1840, Claude died at the age of 86 years and lived to be known as the founder of the French Impressionist Painting and the most consistent of all.
1. EDGAR DEGAS
Edgar Degas is considered the forerunner of impressionism. As a painter he did realistic aspects of an individual’s life. His artwork and style of art was really unique am impressive to behold. Edgar was born on 19th July 1834 in Paris and died on 27th September 1917 at 83 years of age. Some of his notable works known are The Bellelli Family (1858-1867) Woman with Chrysanthemums (1865).
Art is a subtle way of communication that can speak to generations in the future even when the individual artists no longer live. These great men did not only have the skill and talent but had concepts to communicate through their artworks and paintings. Even though physically away, by their works they live today.