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You know Monet, Manet, Renoir but have you met Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) “The Youth of Impressionism”?

Here’s what the museum writes about this less famous French impressionist painter?

How should we consider the work of Frédéric Bazille, who died in combat in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian War aged just 28? Although his early paintings are clearly those of a budding painter, influenced by Realism and by his friend Monet, he nevertheless went on to complete numerous masterpieces in which he gradually asserted his unique talent.

Bazille amongst Delacroix, Courbet, Cézanne

Around sixty paintings hang in this exhibition, each one a challenge, another milestone for the young artist, enabling you to follow his progress towards the increasingly personal expression of his “temperament”, in the words of the time. Organised both thematically and chronologically, the exhibition places the works of Bazille amongst those of his contemporaries like Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Fantin-Latour, Guigou, Scholderer and Cézanne.

These confrontations place his work at the heart of the great issues of avant-garde painting in the 1860s (modern life, the renewal of traditional genres such as portrait, the nude and still life, plein air painting and peinture claire, etc.), to which Bazille made a considerable contribution, and which also highlight the great originality of his inspiration.

The exhibition thus invites you to take another look at an artist who, in spite of his early death, was a key figure in the birth of Impressionism.

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When:
Tuesday to Sunday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Where: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
Metro: Musée d'Orsay (RER C)