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Albert Gleizes

The man who brought cubism to the masses.

1881-1953

Alexandre Cabanel

Favorite of the salon, a classical painter with an erotic edge

1823-1889

Alfred Sisley

Why did we forget about Alfred Sisley?

1839-1899

André Breton

A psychiatrist releases his mind and invents Surrealism.

1896-1966

André Derain

In the shadow of brighter colors

1880-1954

Berthe Morisot

The soul of Impressionism

1841-1895

Camille Pissarro

Peaceful anarchist, advocate of the working man

1830-1903

Claude Monet

Painting nature from a small boat

1840-1926

Edgar Degas

"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things."

1834-1917

Édouard Manet

A rebellious painter shocks the French Salon and courts his brothers wife

1832-1883

Émile Zola

Politics, art, truth. Live out loud

1840-1902

François Auguste René Rodin

"Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump"

1840-1917

François-Thomas Germain

A disgraced silversmith, last of a dynasty

1726-1791

Georges Braque

Picasso's better half

1882-1963

Georges de La Tour

A Caravaggisti embraces silence

1593-1652

Georges Seurat

A super-craftsman uses color to manipulate our emotions.

1859-1891

Gustave Courbet

Status quo — what's that?

1819-1877

Gustave Doré

Father of Horror, Father of Fantasy

1832-1883

Gustave Moreau

A hermit explores the dreamscape

1826-1898

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Too many prostitutes and too much absinth.

1864-1901

Henri Matisse

100% artist

1869-1954

Henri Rousseau

Painting dreams with a child's brush.

1844-1910

Herrad of Landsberg

A french abbess creates the first female-authored encyclopedia

1130-1195

Hippolyte Bayard

The second person to invent photography

1801-1887

Jacques-Louis David

Virtuoso painter, political chameleon, complete jerk.

1748-1825

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

Nudes teach you everything you need to know (to paint landscapes)

1796-1875

Jean-François Millet

A peasant I was born, and a peasant I will die

1814-1875

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

We're all young and hot — let's make out.

1732-1806

Jean Metzinger

The third cubist

1883-1956

Joseph Ducreux

Renaissance painter wins the internet

1735-1802

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre

Visionary Promoter of Photography

1787-1851

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Painted for Marie Antoinette and never made a dime

1755-1842

Marcel Duchamp

Giving art a cheerful middle finger

1887-1968

Marie Bracquemond

A passionate Impressionist's legacy buried by her husband

1840-1916

Marie Laurencin

Cubist Feminist

1883-1956

Maurice Denis

Art as prophesy

1870-1943

Nicéphore Niépce

Inventor of Photography

1765-1833

Odilon Redon

The faces we see in our dreams

1840-1916

Paul Cézanne

A lifelong struggle to capture the intensity of life.

1839-1906

Paul Gauguin

In search of a lost paradise

1848-1903

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

A self-taught painter struggles through poverty and war

1841-1919

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

The Forgotten Master

1824-1898

Rosa Bonheur

Love animals, wear pants, live without compromise.

1822-1899

Suzanne Valadon

Provocative model becomes a transgressive artist

1865-1938

Théodore Rousseau

The blasted landscapes of bad luck

1812-1867

William-Adolphe Bouguereau

A natural academic creates beauty by the rules

1825-1905

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