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Georges Braque

Picasso's better half.

1882-1963

Gustave Doré

Father of Horror, Father of Fantasy

1832-1883

Henri Matisse

100% artist

1869-1954

Georges de La Tour

A Caravaggisti embraces silence.

1593-1652

Paul Gauguin

In search of a lost paradise.

1848-1903

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Painted for Marie Antoinette and never made a dime.

1755-1842

Alfred Sisley

Why did we forget about Alfred Sisley?

1839-1899

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Too many prostitutes and too much absinth.

1864-1901

Émile Zola

Politics, art, truth. Live out loud.

1840-1902

Marie Bracquemond

A passionate Impressionist's legacy buried by her husband.

1840-1916

François Auguste René Rodin

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

1840-1917

Jean-François Millet

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

1814-1875

William-Adolphe Bouguereau

A natural academic creates beauty by the rules.

1825-1905

Berthe Morisot

The soul of Impressionism.

1841-1895

Herrad of Landsberg

A french abbess creates the first female-authored encyclopedia.

1130-1195

Nicéphore Niépce

Inventor of Photography

1765-1833

Marcel Duchamp

The art of indifference

1887-1968

Alexandre Cabanel

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

1823-1889

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

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

1796-1875

Marie Laurencin

Cubist Feminist

1883-1956

Hippolyte Bayard

The second person to invent photography.

1801-1887

Odilon Redon

The faces we see in our dreams.

1840-1916

Edgar Degas

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

1834-1917

Suzanne Valadon

Provocative model becomes a transgressive artist.

1865-1938

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre

Visionary Promoter of Photography

1787-1851

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

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

1732-1806

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

A self-taught painter struggles through poverty and war.

1841-1919

Maurice Denis

Art as prophesy.

1870-1943

André Breton

A psychiatrist releases his mind and invents Surrealism.

1896-1966

Georges Seurat

A super-craftsman uses color to manipulate our emotions.

1859-1891

Claude Monet

Painting nature from a small boat.

1840-1926

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

The Forgotten Master

1824-1898

François-Thomas Germain

A disgraced silversmith, last of a dynasty

1726-1791

Henri Rousseau

Painting dreams with a child's brush.

1844-1910

Édouard Manet

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

1832-1883

Rosa Bonheur

Love animals, wear pants, live without compromise.

1822-1899

Albert Gleizes

The man who brought cubism to the masses.

1881-1953

Gustave Courbet

Status quo — what's that?

1819-1877

Camille Pissarro

Peaceful anarchist — humble advocate of the working man.

1830-1903

Joseph Ducreux

Renaissance painter wins the internet.

1735-1802

Jean Metzinger

The third cubist

1883-1956

Jacques-Louis David

Virtuoso painter, political chameleon, complete jerk.

1748-1825

Paul Cézanne

A lifelong struggle to capture the intensity of life.

1839-1906

Gustave Moreau

A hermit explores the dreamscape

1826-1898

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France: Artists

Centre Georges Pompidou

Château de Versailles

Collection of André Breton

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

Fondation Custodia

Galerie Canesso

Musée du Louvre

Musée de Grenoble

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille

Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Pau

Musée des Beaux-arts de Rennes

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg

Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'archéologie de Besançon

Musee d'Orsay

Musée Fabre

Musée Gustave-Moreau

Musée Marmottan Monet

Musée municipal de Pontarlier

Musée National d'Art Moderne - Paris

Musée Picasso

Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy

Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

Petit Palais

Rodin Museum

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