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Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, The ArtistsPortrait of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

Clearing the way for women

1749 – 1803
Albert Gleizes, The ArtistsPortrait of Albert Gleizes

Albert Gleizes

The man who brought cubism to the masses

1881 – 1953
Albert Joseph Pénot, The Artists

Albert Joseph Pénot

Have you seen this bat-woman before?

1862 – 1930
Alexandre Cabanel, The ArtistsPortrait of Alexandre Cabanel

Alexandre Cabanel

Creativity vs the Académie

1823 – 1889
Alfred Sisley, The ArtistsPortrait of Alfred Sisley

Alfred Sisley

Why did we forget about Alfred Sisley?

1839 – 1899
André Breton, The ArtistsPortrait of André Breton

André Breton

A psychiatrist releases his mind and invents Surrealism

1896 – 1966
André Derain, The ArtistsPortrait of André Derain

André Derain

In the shadow of brighter colors

1880 – 1954
Anne Genevieve Greuze, The Artists

Anne Genevieve Greuze

1762 – 1842
Anne Vallayer-Coster, The ArtistsPortrait of Anne Vallayer-Coster

Anne Vallayer-Coster

1744 – 1818
Anne-Louis Girodet, The ArtistsPortrait of Anne-Louis Girodet

Anne-Louis Girodet

A phenom works himself to death

1767 – 1824
Berthe Morisot, The ArtistsPortrait of Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot

The soul of Impressionism

1841 – 1895
Camille Pissarro, The ArtistsPortrait of Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro

Peaceful anarchist, advocate of the working man

1830 – 1903
Claude Cahun, The ArtistsPortrait of Claude Cahun

Claude Cahun

“Under this mask, another mask”

1894 – 1954
Claude Lorrain, The ArtistsPortrait of Claude Lorrain

Claude Lorrain

1600 – 1682
Claude Monet, The ArtistsPortrait of Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Painting nature from a small boat

1840 – 1926
Constance Mayer, The ArtistsPortrait of Constance Mayer

Constance Mayer

1775 – 1821
Edgar Degas, The ArtistsPortrait of Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas

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

1834 – 1917
Édouard Manet, The ArtistsPortrait of Édouard Manet

Édouard Manet

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

1832 – 1883
Édouard Vuillard, The ArtistsPortrait of Édouard Vuillard

Édouard Vuillard

1868 – 1940
Élisabeth Chaplin, The ArtistsPortrait of Élisabeth Chaplin

Élisabeth Chaplin

A life's worth of paintings dedicated to Florence

1890 – 1982
Élisabeth Sophie Chéron, The ArtistsPortrait of Élisabeth Sophie Chéron

Élisabeth Sophie Chéron

1648 – 1711
Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, The ArtistsPortrait of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Painted for Marie Antoinette and never made a dime

1755 – 1842
Émile Bernard, The ArtistsPortrait of Émile Bernard

Émile Bernard

Losing the art-fight with Gauguin

1868 – 1941
Eugène Delacroix, The ArtistsPortrait of Eugène Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix

Drama, movement and a search for the exotic

1798 – 1863
Eva Gonzalès, The ArtistsPortrait of Eva Gonzalès

Eva Gonzalès

1849 – 1883
Félix Nadar, The ArtistsPortrait of Félix Nadar

Félix Nadar

Photographer, novelist... balloonist?

1820 – 1910
Fernand Henri Léger, The ArtistsPortrait of Fernand Henri Léger

Fernand Henri Léger

Cubism for the common man

1881 – 1955
François Anne David, The Artists

François Anne David

1741 – 1824
François Auguste René Rodin, The ArtistsPortrait of François Auguste René Rodin

François Auguste René Rodin

“Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump”

1840 – 1917
François Boucher, The ArtistsPortrait of François Boucher

François Boucher

1703 – 1770
François-Thomas Germain, The ArtistsPortrait of François-Thomas Germain

François-Thomas Germain

A disgraced silversmith, last of a dynasty

1726 – 1791
Georges Braque, The ArtistsPortrait of Georges Braque

Georges Braque

Picasso's better half

1882 – 1963
Georges de La Tour, The Artists

Georges de La Tour

A Caravaggisti embraces silence

1593 – 1652
Georges Seurat, The ArtistsPortrait of Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat

Manipulating emotion with color

1859 – 1891
Gustave Courbet, The ArtistsPortrait of Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet

Status quo — what's that?

1819 – 1877
Gustave Doré, The ArtistsPortrait of Gustave Doré

Gustave Doré

Father of Horror, Father of Fantasy

1832 – 1883
Gustave Moreau, The ArtistsPortrait of Gustave Moreau

Gustave Moreau

A hermit explores the dreamscape

1826 – 1898
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, The ArtistsPortrait of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Too many prostitutes and too much absinthe

1864 – 1901
Henri Matisse, The ArtistsPortrait of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

100% artist

1869 – 1954
Henri Rousseau, The ArtistsPortrait of Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau

Painting dreams with a child's brush

1844 – 1910
Henriette Browne, The ArtistsPortrait of Henriette Browne

Henriette Browne

1829 – 1901
Herrad of Landsberg, The ArtistsPortrait of Herrad of Landsberg

Herrad of Landsberg

Creating the first female-authored encyclopedia

1130 – 1195
Hippolyte Bayard, The ArtistsPortrait of Hippolyte Bayard

Hippolyte Bayard

The second person to invent photography

1801 – 1887
Honoré Daumier, The ArtistsPortrait of Honoré Daumier

Honoré Daumier

1808 – 1879
Jacques-Louis David, The ArtistsPortrait of Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David

Virtuoso painter, political chameleon, complete jerk

1748 – 1825
Jean Metzinger, The ArtistsPortrait of Jean Metzinger

Jean Metzinger

The third cubist

1883 – 1956
Jean Poyer, The Artists

Jean Poyer

1445 – 1503
Jean-Antoine Watteau, The Artists

Jean-Antoine Watteau

1684 – 1721
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, The ArtistsPortrait of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Guardian of the old ways

1780 – 1867
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, The ArtistsPortrait of Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

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

1796 – 1875

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